Dear Sir or Madam,

Please could you tell me whether SNH holds a central database of National Vegetation Classification survey data for Scotland?

If so, could you provide me with a list of the data fields which are held for survey samples in this database.

Yours faithfully,

Susan Davis

FOI FOI, Scottish Natural Heritage

Dear Ms Davis,

Thank you for your request. We will respond as soon as possible and in any case by the 8th May.

Yours sincerely

Jennifer Ryles
Information Officer

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FOI FOI, Scottish Natural Heritage

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Dear Ms Davis,

Thank you for your request.

Please find attached an Excel spreadsheet containing the information you requested.

The spreadsheet contains four sheets. The first of these is entitled 'List of NVC Surveys' and shows the surveys that we hold. SNH does not hold complete NVC coverage for Scotland. The surveys we hold are mainly of protected sites and have been commissioned to meet research or management needs associated with that protected site.

The other three sheets show the fields of information that we hold for each survey. The information is broken down in this way because it enables us to hold, manage and analyse the information in a way that best supports the delivery of SNH's activities. The sheet entitled 'Fields in NVC Survey' contains information about the entire survey (for example of a protected site), the fields in the sheet entitled 'Fields in NVC Polygon' contain information about the smaller sections (or polygons) that surveys are broken down into. Finally, the third sheet entitled 'Fields in NVC Community' contains information about each of the habitat types that have been found in the polygons.

I hope this information meets your needs. If you have any further questions about the information, or any problems with the file, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Jennifer Ryles
Information Officer

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