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. Where 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. This dataset contains soil baseline monitoring data based on field and lab assessments at 34 sites across England between 2011 and 2015. The data includes the results of soil physical, chemical and biological analyses, which will help Natural England understand the effects of climate change, air pollution and land management on soils, their biodiversity and function.