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  • This dataset contains biogeochemical and edaphic information from burned peat soil on the Stalybridge estate located near Manchester (UK), commonly referred to as Saddleworth moor. This study was conducted after a wildfire fire on the Saddleworth moor in June 2018. The sample plots included areas with deep and shallow peat burn. The data includes geographical information (location, elevation and slope), soil temperature and soil chemical composition (carbon, nitrogen and 22 other elements). The dataset is the result of research funded by a NERC Urgency grant entitled 'RECOUP-Moor: Restoring Ecosystem CarbOn Uptake of Post-fire Moorland' (NE/S011943/1, led by Dr. Bjorn Robroek of the University of Southampton (now Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands). Full details about this dataset can be found at

  • This dataset contains information on the Bacterial Amplicon Sequence Variant (ASV) abundance from peat soil sampled following a wildfire on the Stalybridge estate (UK) in June 2020. Samples were taken in 10 established plots at three time periods following the fire: approximately 3 months, 10 months and 12 months post-fire. This was taken at two depths: 0 – 5cm from the surface (top) and 5 – 10 cm from the surface (bottom). The 10 plots were divided into two groups of five, one that was observed to have suffered a light burn (termed shallow burn) and one that received a more severe burn (termed deep burn). Five additional plots were sampled at the same time as the 3-month samples from a neighbouring unburned site (termed control plots). Samples where no ASVs were observed were removed from the dataset. Full details about this dataset can be found at

  • Vegetation species and soil data from a large national survey of calcareous grasslands, carried out in Great Britain in 1990-1993 (referred to as 1990) and 2006-2009 (referred to as 2007). Up to 128 12x12m plots were surveyed from across the country, selected on the basis of being representative of the calcareous grassland type. Details about plant species and soils were collected using standardized survey methods. The 1990 survey was completed under a contract from the Department of the Environment, by Lancaster University. The repeat survey in 2007 was completed under a NERC Grant by staff from Lancaster University, York University, Radboud University, Countryside Commission for Wales, National Museum Wales and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Full details about this dataset can be found at