Warner, E. et al

Plant species cover and carabid beetle species counts, 2018, and bird species counts, 2019, in native reforestation, unforested and mature forest areas in the Scottish Highlands

Plant and carabid beetle survey data was collected in the summer of 2018 and bird survey data in the summer of 2019 in Glen Affric and Glen Moriston in the Scottish Highlands. Data was collected using a 10 × 10 m plot in each reforestation site for plants and carabid beetles and a 50 m radius plot for birds. The same data was collected in a matched plot in an unforested, grazed area associated with each site and in a matched plot in an unforested area within the fenced site. Five pairs of plots were established in grazed and ungrazed mature Caledonian pineforest, the target of reforestation, to assess the value of the reforestation sites for biodiversity, relative to the unforested state and the target habitat.

Publication date: 2021-05-11

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

You must cite: Warner, E.; Lewis, O.T.; Hector, A.; Brown, N.; Green, R.; Savory, A.; Gilbert, D.; McDonnell, A. (2021). Plant species cover and carabid beetle species counts, 2018, and bird species counts, 2019, in native reforestation, unforested and mature forest areas in the Scottish Highlands. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/d31bcee5-736b-4aed-bda2-c11cacd5dfc7

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2018-06-22    to    2018-07-05
2018-06-07    to    2018-08-18
2019-05-23    to    2019-06-01
2019-06-05    to    2021-05-14

Provenance & quality

The sampling design is hierarchical. Sites are the fourteen focal reforestation sites, all sites have associated unforested areas and three sites have associated mature forest. Plots (10 × 10 m for plants and carabids, 50 m radius for birds) were established in each treatment combination, bird surveys were conducted at a subset of ten of the fourteen reforestation sites.

Plants were surveyed in each plot using three randomly placed 1 × 1 m quadrats in each plot, the percentage cover of each species was recorded using the DOMIN scale. Carabid beetles were surveyed using six pitfall traps were set per plot, with two traps associated with the location of each plant survey quadrat. Two bird surveys were conducted per plot during different date intervals. All surveys were conducted between 6:00 am and 11.30 am. Surveys were conducted for 15 minutes, after a two minute settling period. Birds were identified visually or by songs/calls.

Correspondence/contact details

Warner, E.
Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford
 emily.warner@plants.ox.ac.uk

Authors

Warner, E.
Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford
Lewis, O.T.
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
Hector, A.
Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford
Brown, N.
Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford
Green, R.
Department of Life Sciences, University of Manchester
Savory, A.
Department of Applied Sciences, University of West England
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 Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Rights Holder
University of Oxford
 emily.warner@plants.ox.ac.uk
Rights Holder

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
Biodiversity Caledonian pineforest,  carabid beetles,  Glen Affric Glen Moriston
INSPIRE Theme
Habitats and Biotopes
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
18 May 2022 12:28