Monitoring



Many of these projects monitor vegetation and flora in relation to land management. Examples include vegetation monitoring (baseline and repeat visits) at three Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) reserves in Ayrshire and East Lothian, and the setting up of monitoring baselines in upland grasslands at a large SWT reserve in Morvern and in limestone grassland at a Forestry Commission site in Perthshire.


We have carried out many botanical monitoring projects ranging from those dealing with vegetation on a landscape scale to others focussing on particular plant species.  We have used a variety of botanical monitoring techniques including quadrats, transects and fixed point photography.


Others focus on populations of particular (e.g. rare) plant species.  These include a detailed monitoring baseline of oceanic bryophytes along two rocky streams in Lochaber, and monitoring of rare bryophyte species in Wester Ross.



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