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Countryside Survey data used in mapping nectar plant changes since 1930s

February 2016

By linking the land-cover maps of Britain made by Sir Dudley Stamp in the 1930s with data from the Countryside Surveys of Britain run by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), scientists have shown how nectar plants declined up to the 1970s and stabilised between the 1970s and 2000, and increased between 2000 and 2007. 

New paper: Soil stewardship, Ecosystem Services and One Health

December 2015

A new paper has proposed that soil stewardship can act as a focus for synergy between Ecosystem Services research and environmental health research. It advocates that large-scale monitoring programmes like Countryside Survey could be exploited to better understand patterns and drivers of animal, human and ecosystem health, and their trade-offs with other important services.

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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.