Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9, 445–459, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-9-445-2017
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9, 445–459, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-9-445-2017

Review article 20 Jul 2017

Review article | 20 Jul 2017

Long-term vegetation monitoring in Great Britain – the Countryside Survey 1978–2007 and beyond

Claire M. Wood et al.

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The Countryside Survey (CS) of Great Britain consists of an extensive set of repeated ecological measurements at a national scale, covering a time span of 29 years. CS was first undertaken in 1978 to monitor ecological and land use change in Britain using standardised procedures for recording ecological data from representative 1 km squares throughout the country. The vegetation component has subsequently been repeated in 1990, 1998 and 2007, and changes may be related to a range of drivers.