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Recording cereal field margins in Countryside Survey 2000 - BD1902

Description
The flora of arable field margins is of great importance in its own right and as a resource for animals of conservation interest. CS2000 provides an important opportunity to survey this habitat, allowing for the analysis of its present condition and for monitoring the delivery of the cereal field margin Biodiversity Action Pan. The proposal involves surveying a 100 x 1 m strip of margin in all arable fields surveyed as part of CS2000.
Objective
1. To agree a finalised methodology with the Ministry (by mid May 1998).
2. To record plant species in a 100 x 1 m plot adjacent to each previously recorded Field Boundary plot and which, in 1998, is next to an arable field (by October 1998).
3. To ensure that documentation is completed so that the sample plots become a baseline for future monitoring.
4. To analyse the data to give information about the current extent and distribution of species-rich arable plant communities, and about the factors that contribute to their presence (in England and Wales and in major regions of each country) (by October 1999).
5. To report the results to the Ministry (by June 2001).
Project Documents
• Final Report : Recording cereal field margins in Countryside Survey 2000   (198k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1998

To: 2000

Cost: £31,470
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Natural Environment Research Council
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Fields of Study
Environmental Stewardship