Kirby, K.J.; Smart, S.M.; Black, H.I.J.; Bunce, R.G.H.; Corney, P.M.; Smithers, R.J.; Shaw, M.W.

Woodlands survey site information 1971-2001

The dataset consists of slope, aspect, locations, descriptions and habitat categories from plots and sites in 103 woodlands surveyed across Great Britain in 1971 and again over the growing seasons of 2000, 2002 and 2003 (referred to as '2001 survey'), using exactly the same field methods. Data were collected under projects managed by The Nature Conservancy (in 1971) and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (in 2001).

Publication date: 2013-12-10

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

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

You must cite: Kirby, K.J.; Smart, S.M.; Black, H.I.J.; Bunce, R.G.H.; Corney, P.M.; Smithers, R.J.; Shaw, M.W. (2013). Woodlands survey site information 1971-2001. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
1971-05-01    to    2003-10-31

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Kirby, K.J., Smart, S.M., Black, H.I.J., Bunce, R.G.H., Corney, P.M., Smithers, R.J. (2005) Measuring Long Term Ecological Change in British woodlands (1971-2001): A re-survey and analysis of change based on the 103 sites in the ITE/NCC 'Bunce 1971' woodland survey. English Nature Research Reports 653.


Data were collected from 103 woodlands by field surveyors employed by The Nature Conservancy, Merlewood Research Station, Cumbria (in 1971) and employed under a project managed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (in 2000-2003). Extensive training was undertaken by surveyors. Collected data were double punched into spreadsheets as a form of quality control before being compiled into a database. Data collected are available as 4 separate datasets: flora data, soil data, tree diameter data and site details.


Kirby, K.J.
English Nature
Smart, S.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Black, H.I.J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bunce, R.G.H.
Corney, P.M.
University of Liverpool
Smithers, R.J.
Woodland Trust
Shaw, M.W.
The Nature Conservancy

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OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


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Natural Capital
Environmental survey
Parr Section
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ecological survey
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Environmental monitoring facilities

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