We are delighted to announce that the Ecological Continuity Trust (ECT) have joined the Society as a Corporate Member!
ECT is a unique ecological research charity working across the UK to support long-term ecological field experiments and monitoring.
The ECT was formed in 2008 in direct response to the loss of long-term ecological experiments (LTEs) across the UK. Their vision continues to be the development of a strategic network of LTEs that involve genuine ecosystem manipulations in the real world and true replication for statistical purposes. This includes safeguarding existing high-quality experiments and data, as well as facilitating new experiments for the long-term.
ECT aims to ensure that experimental field ecology is at the heart of evidence-based policymaking, sustainable land use, and biodiversity improvement in a time of environmental change, thereby contributing to both science and society. ECT is unique as the only registered charity in the UK dedicated to long-term field experiments.
ECT currently maintains a national register of 36 active LTEs across 37 sites in all four nations of the UK. These cover habitats ranging from grassland to woodland to upland peat bog and freshwater catchments, and experimental treatments ranging from land management techniques to manipulations simulating the effects of changing climate.
Many of the sites on ECT’s register have been running continuously as field experiments for decades and, in a couple of cases, for over 100 years (Park Grass and Palace Leas). Several include soil science research and are valued for this purpose because the soils have remained largely undisturbed over decadal timescales whilst the above-ground manipulations have been maintained.
Links: Twitter: @ECT_UK