Spring, C.A. et al

Earthworm and botanical data from the Sweethope mesocosm experimental site, Sourhope, Scotland, 2001 [NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme]

This dataset comprises botanical composition and earthworm species and abundance data, sampled from a mesocosm experiment (named Sweethope) in October 2001. The mesocosm site replicated the layout of the main experimental plots at the NERC Soil Biodiversity site at Sourhope, Scotland and was established to avoid contaminating the main Sourhope plots.

The NERC Soil Biodiversity Thematic Programme was established in 1999 and was centred upon the intensive study of a large field experiment located at the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute (now the James Hutton Institute) farm at Sourhope in the Scottish Borders (Grid reference: NT 8545 1963). During the experiment, the site was monitored to assess changes in above-ground biomass production (productivity), species composition and relative abundance (diversity).

Publication date: 2018-03-19

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

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

You must cite: Spring, C.A.; Bishop, H.O.; Pawlett, M.; Robinson, C.H.; Grieve, I.C.; Chudek, J.A.; Hopkins D.W.; Harris, J. A.; Davidson, D.A. (2018). Earthworm and botanical data from the Sweethope mesocosm experimental site, Sourhope, Scotland, 2001 [NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/ca8f85c5-0595-4fda-80e5-4f41839effed

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2001-10-16    to    2001-10-16

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Website for the NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme
Usher, M.B., Sier, A.R., Hornung, M. and Millard, P., 2006. Understanding biological diversity in soil: the UK's Soil Biodiversity Research Programme. Applied Soil Ecology, 33(2), pp.101-113.

Provenance & quality

Data were collected as part of the NERC Soil Biodiversity Thematic Programme, which was established in 1999 and was centred upon the intensive study of a large field experiment located at the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute (MLURI) (now the James Hutton Institute) farm at Sourhope in the Scottish Borders (Grid reference: NT 8545 1963). Soil samples were collected by students and staff at the experimental site before being processed according to standard protocols, with the data then being transferred to the programme data manager at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Andrew Sier
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4AP
United Kingdom
enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Spring, C.A.
University of Stirling
Bishop, H.O.
University of Stirling
Pawlett, M.
University of East London
Robinson, C.H.
University of London
Grieve, I.C.
University of Stirling
Chudek, J.A.
University of Dundee
Hopkins D.W.
University of Stirling
Harris, J. A.
Cranfield University
Davidson, D.A.
University of Stirling

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid

Tags

Topic categories
Biota , Environment
Keywords
Biodiversity Earthworms,  Scottish borders,  Soil Sourhope,  Vascular plants
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities