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Designing a new plant surveillance scheme for the UK 2010


This report summarises the work undertaken to design an ‘ideal’ UK vascular plant surveillance scheme that complements other species and habitat surveillance in providing an understanding of the overall state of the UK environment.

The need for such a scheme was identified in the UK Terrestrial Biodiversity Surveillance Strategy (UKTBSS) (2009), which sought to ensure that surveillance is undertaken strategically; integrating needs for evidence and making best use of existing surveillance data. The research in this report outlines the parameters and deliverables of a new plant surveillance scheme.

The project group investigated a series of questions to come up with recommended ‘ideal’ design parameters where possible. The ‘ideal’ design was to fit within realistic practical constraints. It was to be simple, low cost, and achievable to volunteers or professionals in half a day’s field work. Questions were addressed through desk research, statistical analysis of existing plant data resources, and an e-discussion and workshop.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Biota

Reference date 2010·09·01

Walker, K., Dines, T., Hutchinson, N. & Freeman, S. 2010. Designing a new plant surveillance scheme for the UK. JNCC Report No. 440, JNCC, Peterborough.

This report presents the findings of a project to investigate the optimum design parameters for a plant surveillance scheme in the UK.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·05·19

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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