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Identifying effective approaches for monitoring national natural capital for policy use

Norton, L. R., Smart, S. M., Maskell, L. C., Henrys, P. A., Wood, C. M., Keith, A. M., Emmett, B. A., Cosby, B. J., Thomas, A., Scholefield, P. A., Greene, S., Morton, R. D. and Rowland, C. S. (2018) 'Identifying effective approaches for monitoring national natural capital for policy use', Ecosystem Services, 30, Part A, 98-106.

Changes in the frequency of common plant species across linear features in Wales from 1990 to 2016: implications for potential delivery of ecosystem services

Smart et al. (2017) analysed an update to the CS time series based on a Welsh Government funded repeat of those CS squares just in Wales that had been visited in every survey since 1978. The analysis for the first time explicitly included variation in recording effort derived from Quality Assurance surveys. We also grouped species by the ecosystem services which they potentially support.  The results showed that the trend for linear features to become more shaded and dominated by trees and shrubs has continued since the last survey in 2007.

New paper out! Upscaling biodiversity: estimating the species–area relationship from small samples

Kunin et al. (2018) took on the heroic challenge of modelling the species-accumulation curve based on the 200m2 X plots covering Britain and then attempted to upscale to the whole of Britain and predict the size of the British flora. The amazing thing is that 3 techniques came very close! 

Kunin, W.E., Harte, J., He, F., Hui, C., Jobe, R.T., Ostling, A., Polce, C., Sizling, A., Smith, A.B., Smith, K. and Smart, S.M., 2017. Up-scaling biodiversity: estimating the Species-Area Relationship from small samples. Ecological Monographs.

Historic data newly available

Data newly available from the NERC Environmental Information Data Centre:

Habitat and vegetation data from an ecological survey of terrestrial key habitats in England, 1992-1993. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. 

Barr, C.J.; Bunce, R.G.H.; Cummins, R.P.; Hallam, C.J.; Hornung, M.; Wood, C.M. (2017).