Sampling event

Vegetation surveys in mountainous area (Pyrenees, France)

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The data file contains absolute cover percentage of plant species from vegetation survey in the Vicdessos mountainous area (Pyrenees, France). The data have been collected in 2015 and 2020 within the framework of two projects: ANR-10-JCJC-1804 MODE-RESPYR (Modeling Past and future land cover changes in the Pyrenees) and the PASTSERV project funded by the Observatoire Hommes-Milieux Pyrenées Haut Vicdessos (Labex DRIIHM ANR-11-LABX0010). All observed vascular plant species were listed and the cover of each species was estimated using the seven degrees of the Braun-Blanquet scale (r, +, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). These codes were then converted to absolute percentage cover (van der Maarel 1979).

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Mazier F, Plancher C, Haunold S, Bonnet C, Belly H, Houet T (2022): Vegetation surveys in mountainous area (Pyrenees, France). v1.2. UMR 5602 Géographie de l’environnement (CNRS/Université Toulouse 2). Dataset/Samplingevent.


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Samplingevent; biodiversity; plant community; mountainous area; Vicdessos; Pyrenees; France

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Florence Mazier
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Clara Plancher
  • Originator
PhD student
Sébastien Haunold
  • Originator
temporary contract
Colline Bonnet
  • Originator
master student
Hugo Belly
  • Originator
master student
Thomas Houet
  • Originator
Emilie Lerigoleur

Geographic Coverage

Vicdessos area, Ariège (France)

Bounding Coordinates South West [42.74, 1.349], North East [42.806, 1.475]

Taxonomic Coverage

All vascular plants were identified to genus or species level

Family Asteraceae, Cyperaceae, Lamiaceae, Orchidaceae, Poaceae, Rosaceae
Genus Anemone sp., Brassica sp., Bromus sp., Campanula sp., Carex sp., Daphne sp., Geranium sp., Hieracium sp., Hypericum sp., Luzula sp., Orobanche sp., Phleum sp., Poa sp., Polygala sp., Potentilla sp., Pulmonaria sp., Rosa sp., Silene sp., Viola sp.
SpeciesAggregate Rubus fruticosus aggr.
Species Abies alba, Acer campestre, Acer monspessulanum, Aceras anthropophorum, Achillea millefolium, Agrostis capillaris, Agrostis stolonifera, Ajuga reptans, Alchemilla alpina, Allium schoenoprasum, Angelica razulii, Antennaria dioica, Anthoxanthum odoratum, Aquilegia vulgaris, Arabis hirsuta, Arabis turrita, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Arnica montana, Arrhenatherum elatius, Asphodelus albus, Astrantia major, Avenula versicolor, Betula pendula, Brachypodium sylvaticum, Bromus erectus, Bromus secalinus, Buglossoides purpurocaerulea, Buxus sempervirens, Calamintha grandiflora, Calluna vulgaris, Campanula precatoria, Campanula scheuchzeri, Cardamine impatiens, Carex atrata, Carex divulsa, Carex echinata, Carex flava, Carex nigra, Carex pilulifera, Carex pyrenaica, Carex sempervirens, Carex sylvatica, Carpinus betulus, Cerastium fontanum, Circaea lutetiana, Coincya monensis, Colchicum autumnale, Conopodium pyrenaeum, Cornus sanguinea, Corylus avellana, Crataegus monogyna, Cruciata glabra, Cruciata laevipes, Dactylorhiza maculata, Daphne laureola, Deschampsia flexuosa, Digitalis purpurea, Drosera rotundifolia, Epilobium anagallidifolium, Epilobium montanum, Epipactis helleborine, Eriophorum angustifolium, Eriophorum scheuchzeri, Euphorbia amygdaloides, Euphrasia nemorosa, Fagus sylvatica, Festuca eskia, Festuca heterophylla, Festuca nigrescens, Fragaria vesca, Fraxinus excelsior, Galium mollugo, Galium odoratum, Galium rotundifolium, Galium verum, Genista pilosa, Gentiana acaulis, Gentiana pyrenaica, Geranium nodosum, Geranium robertianum, Geum urbanum, Glechoma hederacea, Hedera helix, Helianthemum nummularium, Helleborus foetidus, Helleborus viridis, Hepatica nobilis, Hieracium pilosella, Homogyne alpina, Hypericum maculatum, Hypericum montanum, Hypericum nummularium, Ilex aquifolium, Impatiens noli-tangere, Jasione montana, Juncus alpinus, Juncus conglomeratus, Juniperus communis, Knautia integrifolia, Lamiastrum galeobdolon, Larix decidua, Lathyrus montanus, Lathyrus ochraceus, Leontodon hispidus, Leucanthemum vulgare, Listera ovata, Lonicera periclymenum, Lonicera xylosteum, Lotus corniculatus, Luzula pilosa, Luzula sudetica, Luzula sylvatica, Lysimachia nemorum, Melampyrum pratense, Melica nutans, Melica uniflora, Meum athamanticum, Moehringia trinervia, Molinia caerulea, Molopospermum peloponnesiacum, Nardus stricta, Narthecium ossifragum, Oxalis acetosella, Paris quadrifolia, Pedicularis pyrenaica, Phleum pratense, Phyteuma hemisphaericum, Phyteuma spicatum, Picea abies, Pimpinella saxifraga, Pinguicula vulgaris, Pinus uncinata, Plantago alpina, Plantago lanceolata, Platanthera bifolia, Polygala serpyllifolia, Polygala vulgaris, Polygonatum verticillatum, Potentilla aurea, Potentilla erecta, Prenanthes purpurea, Primula veris, Prunella gra. pyrenaica, Prunus avium, Quercus pubescens, Ranunculus lanuginosus, Rhododendron ferrugineum, Ribes alpinum, Rubus idaeus, Rumex acetosa, Sambucus racemosa, Scilla lilio-hyacinthus, Scilla verna, Scirpus cespitosus, Scrophularia nodosa, Selinum pyrenaeum, Sempervivum tectorum, Senecio adonidifolius, Senecio pyrenaicus, Silene rupestris, Silene vulgaris, Sorbus aria, Sorbus aucuparia, Stachys officinalis, Stellaria holostea, Stellaria media, Succisa pratensis, Teucrium scorodonia, Thesium pyrenaicum, Thymus praecox, Thymus serpyllum, Tilia platyphyllos, Tofieldia calyculata, Trifolium alpinum, Trifolium pratense, Urtica dioica, Vaccinium myrtillus, Vaccinium uliginosum, Veronica chamaedrys, Veronica officinalis, Viburnum lantana, Vicia sepium

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period 2015-07-01 / 2015-09-01
Formation Period 2020-06-22 / 2020-06-25

Project Data

Few studies have explored the effect of historical land-use on past and modern plant and animal dynamics, as well as their long-term ecological functions, especially in mountain areas. Even rarer are those which integrate the spatio-temporal evolution of ecosystems over more than a hundred years. To do this, PASTSERV, an interdisciplinary exploratory project, will combine several recent models developed in paleoecology, geography and ecology to produce historical land-cover and ecosystem services maps in the sector of Bassiès for the last 200 years. PASTSERV will compare the reconstructed trajectory of past ecosystem services with a set of possible trajectories. This approach will advocate the usefulness of long-term approaches to achieve a good level of understanding of the effect of pastoral activities on the dynamics of flora diversity, the production of ecosystem services and the multifunctionality of the Bassiès pastures. The project will seek in particular to understand whether the bouquet of ecosystem services has varied over time following the abandonment of pastoral practices. Has the range of potential services necessarily decreased over the past 200 years?

Identifier ANR-10-JCJC-1804/ANR-11-LABX0010

The personnel involved in the project:

Thomas Houet
Florence Mazier

Sampling Methods

All observed vascular plant species were listed and the cover of each species was estimated using the seven degrees of the Braun-Blanquet scale (r, +, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) in quadrats (25 m² for grassalnds, 100 m² for heathlands and 400 m² for forests).

Study Extent Vicdessos area, Pyrenees, France Two sampling campaigns in 2015 and 2020

Method step description:

  1. All observed vascular plant species were listed and the cover of each species was estimated using the seven degrees of the Braun-Blanquet scale (r, +, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) in quadrats (25 m² for grassalnds, 100 m² for heathlands and 400 m² for forests).
  2. These codes were then converted to absolute percentage cover (van der Maarel 1979).

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 25b73b90-475a-4a8c-954a-1a5cb8f8b2e9