Natural England's Long Term Monitoring Network (RP00316)

The Environmental Change Biodiversity Network is a multi-agency long-term integrated research programme to record, analyse and predict environmental change in the United Kingdom. The focus of the network is to understand long term air pollution and climate change impacts on biodiversity. All sites operate a uniform system of long-term data collection of physical, chemical and biological variables recorded using strict protocols.

Since 2009 Natural England (NE) has contributed to the wider ECBN through its Long Term Monitoring Network (LTMN), which currently stands at 37 sites across England. The weather, air, soil chemistry are measured and plant, soil communities, birds and butterfly populations are surveyed in a standardised way, in order to allow comparability of 10 target habitats on a range of sites across the network. Below are links to protocols and data that have been published as part of this work.

The ten target types are:
1.broadleaved mixed woodland
2.heathland (upland and lowland);
3.upland blanket bog;
4.lowland raised bog;
5.lowland mires and fens;
6.calcareous grassland;
7.neutral grassland;
8.sand dunes;

The links below will provide you with more information about the network, the protocols, data available and newsletters.

To find out about the sites within the LTMN network please see the individual Core sites data pages.

For more information please contact the LTMN mailbox

Related Access to Evidence records

Long Term Monitoring Network Vegetation Protocol (LTMN001)
Long Term Monitoring Network Soils Protocol (LTMN002)
Long Term Monitoring Network Weather Protocol (LTMN003)
Long Term Monitoring Network Air Quality Protocol (LTMN004)
Long Term Monitoring Network Birds Protocol (LTMN005)
Long Term Monitoring Network Butterflies Protocol (LTMN006)
Long Term Monitoring Network Land Management Protocol (LTMN007)
Taking the long view - an introduction to Natural England's long term monitoring network 2009 - 2016 (NERR070)
Long Term Monitoring Network Volunteer Opportunities and Newsletters (LTMN008)