Smart, S.M. et al

Vegetation plot data from the UKCEH Countryside Survey, Great Britain, 2019

This dataset consists of plant species presence and abundance in different sizes of plots recorded from the first 100 1km squares across Great Britain in 2019, as part of a rolling soil and vegetation monitoring program of 500 1km squares, repeated every 5 years.

The UKCEH Countryside Survey is a unique study or 'audit' of the natural resources of the UK's countryside. The sample sites are chosen from a stratified random sample, based on a 15 by 15 km grid of GB. Surveys have been carried out in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1998 and 2007 by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) and predecessors, with repeated visits to the majority of squares. The countryside is sampled and surveyed using rigorous scientific methods, allowing us to compare new results with those from previous surveys. In this way, we can detect the gradual and subtle changes that occur in the UK's countryside over time. In addition to vegetation data, soil data are also gathered by the current phase of the Countryside Survey.

This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council award number NE/R016429/1 as part of the UK-SCAPE programme delivering National Capability.

Publication date: 2020-12-08

Get the data

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

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

You must cite: Smart, S.M.; Andrews, C.; Fitos, E.; Garbutt, R.A.; Gray, A.; Henrys, P.A.; Koblizek, E.; Pallett, D.W.; Robinson, D.A.; Rose, R.J.; Rowe, R.L.; Scarlett, P.; Towill, J.; Wagner, M.; Williams, B.; Wood, C.M. (2020). Vegetation plot data from the UKCEH Countryside Survey, Great Britain, 2019. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/fd6ae272-aeb5-4573-8e8a-7ccfae64f506

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2019-05-19    to    2019-09-27

Provenance & quality

The data were recorded using electronic data capture devices in the summer of 2019 by professional, trained surveyors. Data were recorded from 100 x 1km squares sited across Britain, selected by random stratified sample. The survey was managed by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Standard Countryside Survey methodology was applied (refer to the online documentation).

Related

This dataset is included in the following collections

Countryside Survey

Supplemental information

Related websites:

UKCEH Countryside Survey project website

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Simon Smart
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4AP
UNITED KINGDOM
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Smart, S.M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Andrews, C.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Fitos, E.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Garbutt, R.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Gray, A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Henrys, P.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Koblizek, E.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Pallett, D.W.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Robinson, D.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rose, R.J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rowe, R.L.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Scarlett, P.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Towill, J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wagner, M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Williams, B.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wood, C.M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota , Environment
Keywords
Biodiversity Environmental survey Great Britain,  ground flora,  Pollinators UK-SCAPE,  vascular plants
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R016429/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
25 June 2021 18:39