National Plant Monitoring Scheme

National Plant Monitoring Scheme survey data (2015-2020)

This data resource provides plot-level plant occurrence data for the first six years (2015-2020) of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS, covering the UK, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man). Data consist of individual observations of plants, and other habitat characteristics, at the metre-scale; observations are accompanied by percentage cover information recorded according to the Domin frequency-abundance scale commonly used in plant community ecology. Other information provided includes the plot type (size, shape, according to the NPMS classification), the volunteer-recorded NPMS habitat, the date of sampling, and information regarding the spatial location of the plot. Information contained within the metadata file should allow users to reconstruct the sampling history (including gaps) of any plot that has been sampled within the NPMS scheme between 2015 and 2020.

The NPMS is organised and funded by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, Plantlife and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. This work partly supported through Natural Environment Research Council award number NE/R016429/1 as part of the UK-SCAPE programme delivering National Capability.

Publication date: 2021-08-30


Study area
Temporal extent
2015-01-01    to    2020-12-31

Provenance & quality

Data were collected directly from volunteers into a custom Indicia database system ( through the NPMS website ( or app. The Indicia system is built on a PostgreSQL/PostGIS database, and the data presented here were extracted directly from this master database using appropriate SQL queries. See the associated documentation for more information on the broader Quality Assurance processes supporting the NPMS.

Correspondence/contact details

National Plant Monitoring Scheme


National Plant Monitoring Scheme

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
Natural Environment Research Council

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biodiversity Biodiversity environmental monitoring,  Environmental survey habitat,  National Plant Monitoring Scheme,  National Plant Monitoring Scheme NPMS,  plant community,  UK-SCAPE,  vegetation
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R016429/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Last updated
10 June 2022 15:51