Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 89–103, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-8-89-2016
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 89–103, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-8-89-2016

Review article 25 Feb 2016

Review article | 25 Feb 2016

Survey of the terrestrial habitats and vegetation of Shetland, 1974 – a framework for long-term ecological monitoring

Claire M. Wood and Robert G. H. Bunce

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A survey of the natural environment was undertaken in Shetland in 1974, after concern was expressed that large-scale development from the new oil industry could threaten the natural features of the islands. A framework was constructed by the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology on which to select samples for the survey. The vegetation and habitat data that were collected, along with the sampling framework, have recently been made public.