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An Analysis of National Vegetation Classification Survey Data 1997

Freshwater Terrestrial JNCC Publications 0963-8091 Freshwater JNCC report series NVC Plants UK Woodland 272

Abstract

The woodland section of the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) has been widely used by many people and organisations in Great Britain (and, to a limited extent, in Northern Ireland) since it became available in 1986. As a result, there is a great deal of information concerning the occurrence of woodland types in this country. However, the data is distributed between many organisations and private individuals and, until a database was set up to collate it, was largely unavailable to inquirers.

The database was produced by the Woodland Lead Conservation Network to collate survey information on the distribution of woodland types classified according to the National Vegetation Classification (NVC). The first report on the database (Hall 1996) described the collection of records and the setting up of the spreadsheet. It also discussed the differences in the methodologies of surveys used to build the database, and when to use quadrats.

Since that report was published much new information has been gathered, and preliminary distribution maps of NVC communities and sub-communities produced. This interim report outlines some of the patterns that are emerging. In addition, some of the strengths and weaknesses of the NVC as a vegetation classification are discussed, and its use as a tool for measuring biodiversity is also examined.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 1997··

Citation
Hall, J. 1997. An Analysis of National Vegetation Classification Survey Data, JNCC Report No. 272. JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

Lineage
The woodland section of the National Vegetation Classification has been widely used by many people and organisations in Great Britain (and, to a limited extent, in Northern Ireland) since it became available in 1986.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·10·31

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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