Phase Two Lowland Heathland Survey
This dataset comprises of detailed data related to the Phase 2 plant community survey for Lowland Heath across Wales. The project covers dry and maritime heath covered by the heathland section of the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) and wet heath covered by the section of the NVC. Two non-NVC communities the calcareous grass and heath, and shingle heath are also described. A total of 13 surveys were carried out: Anglesey (1994), West Gwynedd (1993), Gwynedd and Anglesey (1994), Pembrokeshire (1995, 1996, 1997), Rivers Ystwyth and Rheidiol, Ceredigion (1995), Gower Commons (1997), Gower, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Conwy (1998), Powys (1999), Brecknock and Carmarthenshire (2000), Ceredigion (2001) and Gower (2001). The total area of heath surveyed is approximately 4,714 ha which is 35% of the total area of lowland and coastal (maritime) heathland recorded in the Phase 1 Habitats Survey of Wales (1979 - 1997).
This project had three main purposes:
- To provide an overview of the Welsh lowland heathland resource allowing local conservation programs particularly local Biodiversity Action Plans (BAP) partnerships, to assess and interpret their resource in a Welsh context.
- To identify heathland types that are under-represented in the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) series.
- To identified gaps in knowledge and highlight areas for further study.
The dataset has been extensively validated and verified, however, problems were encountered when mapping in field, and there were occasional problems with identifying community type.
Vegetation mapping and community definition followed the National Vegetation Classification (NVC).
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