ERICA is a web application for assigning your own vegetation data to communities defined by the Irish Vegetation Classification. Data can be uploaded, checked for errors and analysed and the results can then be downloaded. The development of this application was funded by Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and administered by the Heritage Council.

ERICA works with both quantitative vegetation cover data (such as are recorded in relevés and other types of botanical recording plots) and presence/absence data, such as species lists. ERICA now covers grasslands, woodland, duneland, heaths, bogs, fens, mires, freshwater, saline waters, rocky habitats, scrub, strandline, saltmarsh and weed communities. During future phases of the IVC, the facility to classify data from other communities will be added.

A manual explaining the use of ERICA can be downloaded from within the application. It includes information on browser compatibility.

Click on the image below to access ERICA.