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Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Programme - new portal launched

July 2015

In Wales, CEH is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the Glastir agri-environment scheme. The methodology is based on the standardised Countryside Survey methods which has enabled reporting of trends which include CS and GMEP data.

A series of indicators have been agreed to provide a high level summary of changes in elements of Natural Capital.  Examples include changes in the extent of woodland, nectar plants and soil carbon.


MultiMOVE Model - v.2.0.1 available

May 2015

Data from the Countryside Survey have been used to develop a set of models describing the environmental preferences of a large number of British plants. The models, available as an R package called MultiMOVE, are based on information about plant occurrence from the Countryside Survey vegetation plots in conjunction with a number of other national datasets. The models allow the occurrence of over 1,000 plant species to be predicted, given information on the climate, canopy height and Ellenberg indicator scores for fertility, pH and moisture.

More Countryside Survey datasets available

February 2014

A series of Countryside Survey datasets have been deposited with the Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC) at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. They include datasets on National estimates of habitat extent, National estimates of species extent and ITE Land Classifications.

These datasets are accessible via the CEH Information Gateway ( and are fully citable. They have been assigned Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

Distribution of Ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior) across GB using Countryside Survey data

December 2012

This report has been produced in response to the ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) outbreak to summarise the available data on ash (Fraxinus excelsior) distribution across Great Britain using Countryside Survey data. This report is complementary to the Forestry Commission report ‘Preliminary estimates of broadleaved species in British Woodlands’  (