NVC types – mapping tools 2008
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:
- Upland (as published in An Illustrated Guide to British Upland Vegetation)
- Lowland Grassland
- Lowland Heathland (in Wales).
Resource type Dataset
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2008··
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.
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