McCracken, M.E. et al

Biodiversity, environmental and social data 2007-2008 for the project Improving the Success of Agri-environment Schemes (FarmCAT)

This dataset consists of butterfly and bumblebee counts, winter bird counts, number of flowering units, and seed mass data, along with categories of soil type and quality, and temperature data. Data were collected from arable farms under the English Entry Level agri-environment Scheme (ELS) for two options: Nectar Flower Mixture option (NFM) and Wild Bird Seed Mixture (WBM). Surveys were carried out in 2007 and repeated in 2008. All data were collected using standardised protocols: butterfly and bumblebee counts were collected from transects in the NFM options during summer; flowering units were counted within quadrats along the same transects in summer; bird counts were made in winter within the whole WBM areas; seed resource was calculated for the WBM areas from seeds collected in quadrats along transects. The dataset also contains results from farmer interviews. The interviews were designed to explore farmer attitudes towards, and history of, environmental management and their perceptions and understanding of the management requirements. Three measures of farmer attitude were then calculcated from their responses: experience (4-point scale), concerns (5-point scale) and motivation (3-point scale). All data were collected as part of the FarmCAT project, the principal aim of which was to develop a holistic understanding of the social and ecological factors which lead to the successful delivery of agri-environmental schemes. This project was funded as part of the ESRC Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) programme.

Publication date: 2015-01-05

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

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

You must cite: McCracken, M.E.; Woodcock, B.A.; Lobley, M.; Pywell, R.F.; Saratsi, E.; Swetnam, R.D.; Mortimer, S.R.; Harris, S.J.; Winter, M.; Hinsley, S.; Bullock, J.M. (2015). Biodiversity, environmental and social data 2007-2008 for the project Improving the Success of Agri-environment Schemes (FarmCAT). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
2007-01-01    to    2008-12-31

Provenance & quality

All data were collected and calculated using standardised protocols.

Correspondence/contact details

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McCracken, M.E.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Woodcock, B.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lobley, M.
University of Exeter
Pywell, R.F.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Saratsi, E.
University of Exeter
Swetnam, R.D.
Staffordshire University
Mortimer, S.R.
University of Reading
Harris, S.J.
University of Reading
Winter, M.
University of Exeter
Hinsley, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bullock, J.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


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


Topic categories
AES,  agri-environment schemes,  bumblebees,  butterflies,  EF2,  EF4,  ELS,  Entry Level Stewardship,  environmental management,  farming,  flowers,  Nectar Flower Mixture,  Pywell Section seeds,  Sustainable Land Management Wild Bird Seed Mixture,  winter birds
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