Final days of the DRY field experiment

The last month has been a busy and sad time for those of us involved in the grassland experiments.
After just over three years we have dismantled all our equipment and cleared the sites. As you can imagine it was a huge task and we would like to say a very big thank you to all the volunteers and staff who helped us.
Below is a selection of photographs of the equipment being removed and a before and after view.
Ayling blog images 2018 december

1. Fife 2. Recording the instruments

Ayling blog images 2018 december 2

1. Dismantling the frames, Frome 2. Removing the soil moisture probes, Frome

Ayling blog images 2018 december 3

1. Before, Frome 2. After, Frome

Now the really hard work begins, as we make sure that all the data has been recorded and checked and then begin to analyse the data and try and understand what it tells us about the response of British grasslands to lack of water.
A thank you to all the people who have helped us to collect the data; without your help we would not have such good records of the ways in which the vegetation at our field sites has changed over the course of the experiment.
We will try and post updates on the findings as they become available.
Sarah Ayling

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