National Plant Monitoring Scheme, 2015 to 2016 dataset

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Roy, D.B.; Bunch, N.; Harris, F.; New, H.; Pescott, O.L.; Walker, K.J. (2017)

This dataset contains data from the National Plant Monitoring Scheme between 2015 and 2016. These consist of plant species occurrences, with abundance values, in plots. Plots are nested with 1 km squares, and are georeferenced according to the British/Irish/Channel Islands grid systems, or in latitude/longitude format; the 1 km squares surveyed were selected according to a weighted-random design, designed to enrich the sample for semi-natural habitats. Plots also have associated habitat and spatial information, as well as a small number of other environmental data. The species recorded in any particular plot are dependent on the habitat chosen for the plot by the surveyor, and the level of the scheme at which they were participating. Please see the references in the supporting documentation (survey guidance) for more information.

Publication date: 2017-06-07 ( created 2016-12-31 )

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You must cite: Roy, D.B.; Bunch, N.; Harris, F.; New, H.; Pescott, O.L.; Walker, K.J. (2017). National Plant Monitoring Scheme, 2015 to 2016 dataset. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


© NERC (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology), Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland, Plantlife

The following acknowledgement is required for users of this dataset: 'The National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) is organised and funded by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, Plantlife and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. The NPMS is indebted to all volunteers who contribute data to the scheme.'

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2015-01-01    to    2016-12-31

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Related journal article
Pescott, O.L., Walker, K.J., Pocock, M.J.O., Jitlal, M., Outhwaite, C.L., Cheffings, C.M., Harris, F., Roy, D.B. 2015. Ecological monitoring with citizen science: the design and implementation of schemes for plants in Britain and Ireland. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 115(3), 505–521.

Related journal article
Walker, K., Pescott, O., Harris, F., Cheffings, C., New, H., Bunch, N., Roy, D. 2015. Making plants count. British Wildlife, 26 (4). 243-250.


The data were initially entered through a custom-built Drupal-website, using the open-source Indicia ( database standard. Data were extracted from this database into the flat tables presented here.


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Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland

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OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
OSNI 1952 / Irish National Grid


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