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 soil data 1971-2001

The dataset consists of pH, Loss on ignition (Soil organic matter) measurements and soil group information taken from soil samples from plots in 103 woodland sites 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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This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

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

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 soil data 1971-2001. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


© Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (Natural Environment Research Council)

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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

Provenance & quality

Data were collected on paper 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 four separate datasets: flora data, soil data, tree diameter data and site details.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Simon Smart
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
United Kingdom


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

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
pedosphere,  Soil soil type
Environmental Monitoring Facilities