Short Database Report
Short Database Report
VESTA – resurvey of natural, non-forest vegetation (Central Europe)
expand article infoKrzysztof Świerkosz, Kamila Reczyńska
‡ University of Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland
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“VESTA - resurvey of natural, non-forest vegetation (Central Europe)” is a thematic, resurvey database focused on documentation of changes in natural, non-forest communities. Currently, the database includes 549 relevés (231 replots for 84 sites) corresponding to the classes Asplenietea trichomanis (incl. Polypodietea), Koelerio-Corynephoretea (rocky grasslands), Loiseleurio-Vaccinietea and Betulo carpaticae-Alnetea viridis.

The project is continuous in character. It is based on the phytosociological relevés from own field studies which have been carried out in the Sudetes Mts. and their foothills since 1989. The subject of research have been all types of rocky communities (chasmophytic, grasslands, thickets), mountain and submountain tall-herb communities, subalpine thickets and heathlands.

Relevés are collected according to the standard Braun-Blanquet method (species coverage scale: r, +, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and on rectangular or square-shaped surfaces with possible adjustment to the shape of the rocky outcrops. Initially (until 2008), the location of plots was marked on maps and field sketches. However, the fact that all relevés were collected by the owners of the database made it easier to revisit all plots and assigned a location compatible with GPS with SiRFstar III chipset. The accuracy of position measurements varies between 2 and 15 meters (on average 10 meters). Aspect is determined using electronic compass linked to GPS. Altitude is obtained from Google Earth and corrected with landmarks from topographical maps if necessary. The shading of the plots has been visually assessed so far. The bedrock type is derived from a Detailed Geological Map of the Sudetes ( Subsequent resurveys of the plots are conducted during field visits planned specifically for this purpose or during other research carried out in the same area.


Betulo carpaticae-Alnetea viridis, Asplenietea trichomanis, chasmophytic vegetation, Koelerio-Corynephoretea, Loiseleurio-Vaccinietea, non-forest vegetation, Poland, replot vegetation database, rocky grasslands, Sudetes mountains

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