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A key part of ERAMMP is to do a National Field Survey in Wales in 2021/2022 to provide information for the evaluation of the Glastir land management scheme.

This work will involve a re-surveying 130 of the 300 1km squares that were sampled during the Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (GMEP, 2012-2016) when baseline data was collected. Our specialist team of 37 surveyors will record many aspects of the Welsh countryside including its habitats, plant and animal species, water, soils, cultural features and path condition.

Future work will also capture the ongoing change in the state of Wales’ natural environment with reference to historical data going back as far as the 1970s.

What is it?

The ERAMMP National Field Survey is an annual rolling snapshot to map the condition of the natural environment across Wales and also allows for the impact of the Glastir land management scheme to be tracked.



Measurements include:
  • Vegetation
  • Habitat
  • Soil and soil erosion
  • Freshwater (headwater streams and ponds)
  • Pollinators
  • Birds
  • Woodlands and linear features field mapping
  • Cultural features
  • Footpaths

We record short-term and long-term trends, over the past 40 years in some instances, building on GMEP and other previous surveys such as UKCEH’s Countryside Survey.

The survey is not related to compliance or inspection process for any farm payment scheme.

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Introduction and overview of the National Field Survey.

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What happens in the survey? What is looked at and collected?

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Who does the survey and how is the data checked?

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How do we keep the land, the animals and the people safe?


Process and procedures for the National Field Survey