Bluebell Woods, North Downs © Guy DukePartnership plant monitoring schemes

 

 

For full names of partners, see Surveillance Schemes.

 

National Plant Monitoring Scheme


Funding Partners

BSBI, CEH, JNCC, Plantlife


Summary of Scheme

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is a new project that will coordinate, collect and analyse data on plant communities in small plots across the UK, mostly within semi-natural habitats. Currently, there are limited annual data on plant abundance and change, or on the quality status of much of the semi-natural habitat outside of protected sites.  Work has been undertaken since 2008 to establish a robust design for this new scheme to ensure that it will produce unbiased estimates of plant community change within different habitat types.  Volunteer recorders will be able to attend training sessions to help them to participate effectively at the more information-rich levels of the scheme.  The scheme will fill a very significant gap within UK biodiversity surveillance, providing the ability to assess plant community change alongside trends in other biodiversity and providing a measure of changes in habitat condition. The design of the scheme is such that trends for a considerable number of plant species and habitats will be generated. In addition, there should be the capability to link plant community changes with changes in other species groups (such as the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme and Breeding Bird Survey), and include assessments of ecosystem service delivery, particularly if considered in conjunction with existing monitoring schemes and any future national pollinator and pollination monitoring schemes.

The first field season for data collection will be in 2015; it is already possible to register as a volunteer recorder here .


Contributes to JNCC official statistic:

N/A


Latest dataset published:
None published yet; scheme in first year.


Indicators:
Does not contribute to any yet, but will contribute to Plants of the wider countryside indicator.


Reports and Publications:
None published yet; scheme in first year.

 

British Bryological Society Recording Schemes


Funding Partners

BBS, CEH, JNCC


Summary of Scheme

The Vice-County Recording Scheme (established 1937), the Mapping Scheme (established 1960) and the Threatened Bryophyte Database scheme (established 2000) have collected data on 1034 species of bryophyte across the UK.


Contributes to JNCC official statistic:

N/A


Latest dataset published:
Data is published through the National Biodiversity Network


Indicators:
N/A


Reports and Publications:
Available from the BBS website