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The ECN vegetation protocol (V)


Protocol file


Site types that use this protocol


Semi-natural and managed vegetation is often very sensitive to the main drivers of environmental change, ie climate, pollutants and land use practices.

The vegetation protocol is sub-divided as follows:

  • Baseline Survey (VB).  Whole site survey with up to 500 systematic 2m x 2m plots. Species presence related to the National Vegetation Classification (NVC)

  • Coarse-grain sampling (VC).  50 random 2m x 2m grid plots surveyed every nine years.  Species presence recorded in each of the 25 40cm x 40cm cells of the plot. Where plots fall in woodland, seedlings, dbh, height and dominance are recorded within a surrounding 10m x 10m plot (Woodlands (VW)).

  • Fine-grain sampling (VF).  At least 2 10m x 10m plots randomly selected within each NVC type surveyed every three years.  Species presence recorded in 40cm x 40cm cells.

  • In addition:    linear features (VH), permanent grass (VP) and cereals (VA)

For details of these elements of the protocol see the Vegetation (V) protocol document (link above).


Our field activities


Now that autumn has arrived the ECN fieldwork calendar begins to quieten down. We cease monitoring most terrestrial invertebrates apart from spiders. In rivers and lakes we make the last freshwater invertebrate survey of the year.

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Wytham in the autumn (fall). Photo: Denise Pallett