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  • The dataset contains measurements of mean atmospheric ammonia concentrations taken at seven locations in and around Cape Hallett, northern Victoria Land. The data were obtained using ALPHA passive diffusion samplers mounted at a height of 1.5 m above ground. Samplers were exposed in triplicate at each site for three periods: 26th December 2005 to 10th January 2006, 11th to 17th and 17th to 23rd January 2006, which coincided with the penguin breeding season. Various chemical and physiological analyses of ecological materials were also conducted during the period December 2004 to January 2006, to study the effects of nitrogen enrichment on lichens. Analyses were performed on whole thalli of Umbilicaria decussata and Xanthomendosa borealis and the terminal 10-20 mm of Usnea sphacelata with Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and delta 15N values determined. Other samples analysed for N and P values include guano-rich surface soil collected from Seabee Hook to a depth of 5 mm, and an Adelie chick leg muscle, dissected from recent skua kills. Replicate values for phosphomonoesterase activity in the lichen species Usnea sphacelata, Umbilicaria decussata and Xanthomendosa borealis are listed. Lichen samples were collected from various Cape Hallett sites and analysed using the p-nitropenol phosphate method at a range of pH values.

  • The dataset contains information from 234 trees at six sites across the UK collected in 2018. The tree species studied were Acer pseudoplatanus (sycamore), Castanea sativa (sweet chestnut), Fagus sylvatica (beech), Fraxinus excelsior (common ash), Quercus cerris (Turkey oak), Q. petraea (sessile oak), Q. robur (pedunculate oak), Q. rubra (red oak) and Tilia x europaea (common lime). The presence of all lichens and bryophyte species on the trunk to a height of 1.75m were recorded in addition to the presence of the lichens on branches and twigs where these were accessible. The bark characteristics recorded were bark pH, ridge and furrow width, furrow depth, hardness, water holding capacity and the bark patterning. The soil variables studied were: nitrogen mineralization and decomposition rate, total soil carbon and nitrogen, loss on ignition, soil pH and soil temperature. Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy data from the soil samples is also presented along with data on site location and the habitat characteristics surrounding the sampled trees. Full details about this dataset can be found at https://doi.org/10.5285/f539567f-a8cd-482e-89b8-64a951b52d93