Warner, E.; Lewis, O.T.; Hector, A.; Brown, N.; Green, R.; Gilbert, D.; McDonnell, A.

Soil and vegetation ecological function data in native reforestation, unforested and mature forest plots in the Scottish Highlands, 2018

Ecosystem functions (including aboveground carbon, topsoil carbon, topsoil nitrogen, decomposition rates, soil invertebrate feeding, tree regeneration & vegetation structure) in woodland creation sites and unforested and mature forest areas in the Scottish Highlands.

Publication date: 2021-09-29

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This dataset is available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Warner, E.; Lewis, O.T.; Hector, A.; Brown, N.; Green, R.; Gilbert, D.; McDonnell, A. (2021). Soil and vegetation ecological function data in native reforestation, unforested and mature forest plots in the Scottish Highlands, 2018. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/b76223dd-28ae-4b0e-acd3-3b2104eaae0c

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2018-06-01    to    2018-08-31

Provenance & quality

Fieldwork to establish this dataset was carried out during June-August 2018.

Data were collected in 10×10m survey plots, with a focal plot in 14 ungrazed woodland creation sites, matched to grazed and ungrazed unforested plots. Data were collected in a further 5 pairs of grazed and ungrazed plots in the target habitat (Caledonian pinewood).

Aboveground tree carbon was calculated using allometric equations based on dbh (diameter at breast height) measured in the field in July 2018.

Topsoil carbon and nitrogen was calculated based on soil sampling during July 2018. Percentage carbon and nitrogen were analysed at Forest Research’s labs. Total carbon and nitrogen were calculated based on % C/N and bulk density.

Decomposition rates were calculated using the Teabag Index, teabags were buried in June and reclaimed 3 months later in August.

Soil invertebrate feeding was monitored using bait lamina, which were buried for 30 days from early June to early July.

Vegetation structure (shrub height and moss depth) and seedling regeneration were measured in the field during June and July 2018.

Citations

Warner, E., Lewis, O.T., Brown, N., Green, R., McDonnell, A., Gilbert, D., & Hector, A. (2021). Does restoring native forest restore ecosystem functioning? Evidence from a large‐scale reforestation project in the Scottish Highlands. In Restoration Ecology. Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.13530

Correspondence/contact details

Emily Warner
University of Oxford
Department of Plant Sciences
UK
 emily.warner@plants.ox.ac.uk

Authors

Warner, E.
University of Oxford
Lewis, O.T.
University of Oxford
Hector, A.
University of Oxford
Brown, N.
University of Oxford
Green, R.
University of Manchester
Gilbert, D.
Trees for Life
McDonnell, A.
Trees for Life

Other contacts

Custodian
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Rights Holder
University of Oxford
 iprm@admin.ox.ac.uk
Rights Holder

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Environment
Keywords
carbon,  Ecosystem function,  forest expansion,  reforestation,  Scottish Highlands,  soil,  vegetation,  woodland creation
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
18 May 2022 12:21