Objectives of ECN
- To maintain a network of UK sites from which to obtain comparable long-term datasets through monitoring of range of variables of environmental importance
- To provide for integration and analysis of data, to identify natural and man-induced environmental changes and improve the understanding of causes of change
- To determine long-term trends and predict future changes due to environmental factors
Monitoring at AFBI Hillsborough involves the collection of physical and chemical data (meteorology; atmospheric chemistry; surface water flow & chemistry; soil solution chemistry; precipitation chemistry; and soil surveys) and biological data (vegetation surveys; vertebrates including birds, rabbits, deer, bats and frogs; invertebrates including butterflies, moths, ground beetles and spittle bugs).
More information can be found on the ECN website: