Conservation and research

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Journal papers

Pescott, O.L., Walker, K.J., Harris, F., New, H., Cheffings, C.M., Newton, N., Jitlal, M., Redhead, J., Smart, S.M. & Roy, D.B. 2019. The design, launch and assessment of a new volunteer-based plant monitoring scheme for the United Kingdom. PLoS ONE 14(4): e0215891.

Pescott, O.L., Jitlal, M., Smart, S.M., Walker, K.J., Roy, D.B. & Freeman, S.N. 2016. A comparison of models for interval-censored plant cover data, with applications to monitoring schemes. PeerjPrePrints.

Pescott, O.L., Walker, K.J., Pocock, M.J.O., Jitlal, M., Outhwaite, C.L., Cheffings, C.M., Harris, F., Roy, D.B. 2015. Ecological monitoring with citizen science: the design and implementation of schemes for plants in Britain and Ireland. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 115(3), 505–521.


NPMS reports [More coming soon!]

New, H. & NPMS Partnership. 2017. Organisational use and utility of the NPMS. Unpublished report. Plantlife.

Pescott, O.L., Jitlal, M. Beckmann, B., Roy, D.B., K.J. Walker, Dore, A. and S.M. Smart. 2018. The use of National Plant Monitoring Scheme data for making inferences concerning air pollution impacts. Unpublished report to Defra. CEH & BSBI. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.32528.87047

Pescott, O.L., Powney, G.P. and Walker, K.J. 2019. Developing a Bayesian species occupancy/abundance indicator for the UK National Plant Monitoring Scheme. Wallingford, CEH & BSBI, 29pp. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.23795.48161

Pescott, O.L. and D.B. Roy. 2016. The potential uses of data from the National Plant Monitoring Scheme: A scoping report. Unpublished report to JNCC. CEH Wallingford & BSBI.



Walker, K., Pescott, O., Harris, F., Cheffings, C., New, H., Bunch, N., Roy, D. 2015. Making plants count. British Wildlife, 26 (4), 243-250.

New, H. 2017. Making Plants Count on the Defence Estate. Sanctuary, 46, 46-47.


Other reports

Staley, J.T., M. Lobley, M.E. McCracken, H. Chiswell, J.W. Redhead, S.M. Smart, O.L. Pescott, M. Jitlal, S.R. Amy, H.J. Dean, L. Ridding, R. Broughton and J.O. Mountford. 2018. The environmental effectiveness of the Higher Level Stewardship scheme; Resurveying the baseline agreement monitoring sample to quantify change between 2009 and 2016. Natural England project ECM 6937.

Carvell, C., Isaac, N. J. B., Jitlal, M., Peyton, J., Powney, G. D., Roy, D. B., Vanbergen, A. J., O’Connor, R. S., Jones, C. M., Kunin, W. E., Breeze, T. D., Garratt, M. P. D., Potts, S. G., Harvey, M., Ansine, J., Comont, R. F., Lee, P., Edwards, M., Roberts, S. P. M., Morris, R. K. A., Musgrove, A. J., Brereton, T., Hawes, C., and Roy, H. E. 2016. Design and Testing of a National Pollinator and Pollination Monitoring Framework. Final summary report to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Scottish Government and Welsh Government: Project WC1101.



NPMS Data Capture and Verification Summary

NPMS on the NBN Atlas

NPMS on the CEH Environmental Information Data Centre



Miscellaneous resources

NPMS habitat to EUNIS/Annex 1 habitat equivalence table

NPMS habitat to NVC community definitions


Guidance archive (see here for current versions)

Survey guidance 1st Ed.

Species lists 1st Ed.

Species ID guide 1st Ed.