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    Monitoring, data and research to understand environmental change

    We are the UK's long-term environmental monitoring and research programme. We make regular measurements of air, soil, water and a range of animals and plants across a network of sites to determine how and why the natural environment is changing.

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    Understanding environmental change. Supporting environmental science

    Our data are used to detect and understand trends in the environment and in the presence and abundance of plants and animals. We support researchers by providing long-term environmental datasets and well-instrumented sites for field research.

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    Science to support policymaking and management of natural resources

    ECN’s data and expertise are relevant to a range of environmental policy issues including climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. Long-term monitoring can inform policies and check how well they work.

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    An active consortium with links across the globe

    ECN is a partnership of UK organisations responsible for environmental policies and natural resource management. We also work with similar networks in other countries. ECN is the UK node of ILTER, the International Long-Term Ecological Research Network.

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Speakers' presentations available

The speakers' slides from our recent symposium, 20 years of ECN monitoring and research, are now available.

Featured Publication

Ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) population declines and phenological changes: Is there a connection?

The authors used ECN data for two sites in Scotland to reveal correlations between declining ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) populations and phenological changes (the timing of natural events).

Pozsgai, G. and Littlewood, NA. (2014). Ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) population declines and phenological changes: is there a connection? Ecological Indicators, 41 (currently available online)