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LTMN Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR - target habitat sand dune (LTMNB01)

The target habitat for this site is sand dune. We also collect data in the pine plantation and coastal grassland.

An introduction to the NNR can be found in the NNR leaflet attached below.

Data collected:

Weather Air Quality Vegetation Soil Birds Butterflies
2006 onwards2010 – 2015 2012 & 2016 20132014 onwards1980 onwards

Data available to download:

• Air Quality data can be found on the UKEAP data selector website.

• The vegetation data goes through a full QA process and is available to download below. Update April 2018: The 2016 vegetation survey data has recently been added, please note this does not include the woodland data, which is to be added at a later date.

Update May 2020: all LTMN vegetation surveys (no. 80 surveys, spanning 2010 – 2019) have been transferred to a new template to provide improvements and consistency, and are now fully Quality Assured and republished.

Update 12/09/2023: revised version of the 2021 vegetation survey added.

Please note that the permanent plot numbers and locations should be consistent between surveys, for each site. At the time of survey, for any previously installed feno markers that could not be found, a new feno marker was installed at the same GPS coordinates and the plot number changed from e.g. ‘2’ to ‘2a’. High accuracy GPS has been used across two thirds of sites and will be used across the remainder within the next two-three years.

Please also note that for some sites (Bure Marshes, Dark Peak, East Dartmoor Woods & Heaths, Lullington Heath, Mottey Meadows and North Walney), there were adaptations to plot numbering between years and that the most recent plot numbers have now been back-tracked to the earlier surveys to allow comparability, as explained on the front page of the relevant data spreadsheets. For any queries, please contact the Long Term Monitoring Network team for a Master Plot Tracker.

• Soil data for this site can be found on our LTMN Soils protocol page.

• Butterfly data can be found below – also see UKBMS website.

We are preparing the weather, bird and land management data and will be publishing it in due course. Any specific queries about our data please get in touch with the LTMN mailbox:

This page is part of Natural England’s Long Term Monitoring Network. Please visit this site to learn more about our protocols, volunteering opportunities and newsletters.

Downloads available for this record

File Uploaded
Long term monitoring network vegetation survey Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR 2021, XLSX, 758.6 kB 2023/09/12
Long term monitoring network vegetation survey Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR 2016, XLSX, 798.3 kB 2023/06/12
Long term monitoring network vegetation survey Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR 2012, XLSX, 726.6 kB 2023/06/12
Long term monitoring network butterfly transect - Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR UKBMS 2013 - 2019, XLSX, 434.6 kB 2020/11/17
Long term monitoring network butterfly transect - Ainsdale NNR UKBMS 1980-1997, XLSX, 449.5 kB 2020/11/17


This record relates to the location identified by the marker on the map:

Related Access to Evidence records

Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve leaflet (NE245)