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NVC types – mapping tools 2008

Terrestrial UK Biodiversity NVC

Abstract

The National Vegetation Classification (NVC) project aimed to produce a comprehensive classification and description of the plant communities of Britain, each systematically named and arranged and with standardised descriptions for each. It was commissioned in 1975 by the Nature Conservancy Council (NCC) and was intended as a new classification, not an attempt to fit British plant communities into other existing schemes. The NVC comprises 286 community types sub-divided amongst 12 major types of vegetation.

Although some of this data has been encoded in various types of database or spreadsheet software, much has not and NVC information remains widely dispersed in numerous locations that are not linked electronically. There is no centralised database of all NVC samples or surveys undertaken.

Available here is a collection of Excel-based mapping tools that show the distribution of NVC types in Britain, dating back to around 2008 or earlier. There are four resources, covering the following NVC types:

Resource type Dataset

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2008··

Lineage
The National Vegetation Classification (NVC) is one of the key common standards developed for the country nature conservation agencies. The original project aimed to produce a comprehensive classification and description of the plant communities of Britain, each systematically named and arranged and with standardised descriptions for each.

Responsible organisation
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access None

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·12·17

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

Temporal extent 2000·01·01 2008·12·31

Spatial extent
North 61.02
South 49.93
East 2.13
West -7.93
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