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  • THIS was was converted to EUNIS L3 by NE and forms the data NE provided to the JNCC as part of the MCZ project – Tranche 1. A MESH Confidence Score of 86 was assigned to the dataset based on the information given in the reports supporting the GIS.

  • A biotope analysis of Dundrum bay was conducted in 2015 as part of efforts to understand the distribution and extent of benthic habitats and associated marine life within the Murlough special area of conservation incorporating new and historical groundtruthing information alongside modern acoustic data. The map was originally presented in the Marine Habitat Classification for Britain & Ireland ( This has been translated to the EUNIS habitat classification system for integration with other European datasets. For more information, see: AFBI, 2015. Bathymetric and Habitat Map for Murlough Special Area of Conservation and offshore, Northern Ireland. Report to the Department of the Environment.

  • A Natural England commissioned verification survey of intertidal rocky reef within the Torbay rMCZ. Phase I Biotope mapping was carried out across the rMCZ for broad scale habitats. Phase II survey comprised of a quantitative quadrat survey to provide information on the benthic infaunal assemblages, with percentage cover of species present within each quadrat being recorded. The data was used to produce a EUNIS Level 3 boradscale habitat map of the Torbay rMCZ.

  • A Natural England commissioned verification survey of both intertidal sediments and intertidal rocky reef within the Padstow Bay and Surrounds rMCZ. Phase I Biotope mapping was carried out across the rMCZ for broad scale habitats. Phase II infaunal sediment sampling was carried out to provide information on the benthic infaunal assemblages and particle size distribution of the study sites by means of core sampling. Sediment surface scrapes were obtained for heavy metals and organic contaminants analysis. Phase II quantitative survey of intertidal rocky reefs comprised of a quadrat survey with percentage cover of species present within each quadrat being recorded. The data was used to produce a EUNIS Level 3 boradscale habitat map of the Padstow Bay and Surrounds rMCZ.

  • A composite Habitats Directive Annex I feature extent map of Submarine structures made by leaking gases for the Braemar Pockmarks SAC was created by British Geological Survey for JNCC to provide the most up-to-date knowledge of Methane-Derived Authigenic Carbonate (MDAC) coverage within the site. Existing polygon data from the 2012 JNCC/CEFAS survey (CEND19x/12 ) was combined groundtruthing information (PB and BGS datasets), to build a composite understanding of “High” and “Potential” Annex I feature within the site.

  • Stanton Banks was designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) through the Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats) Regulations 2007 and has now been accepted as a Site of Community Importance (SCI). The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) in partnership with Cefas and supported by British Geological Survey (BGS) staff conducted a field survey to investigate the presence and extent of Annex I habitat features within the Stanton Banks SCI in order to facilitate discussions on possible fisheries management options. The survey was designed to acquire sufficient data to provide a robust characterisation of the Annex I rocky reef habitats, targeting areas of particular interest to fishers, and to contribute to the development of a robust baseline for future monitoring within the proposed SAC. In addition, the survey involved the characterisation and mapping of the sedimentary habitats surrounding the reef feature within the site boundary, in order to provide information on the wider environmental context.

  • Outputs produced as part of the South Coast Regional Environmental Characterisation on behalf of the Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund. Data available to download from Due to poor weather conditions, only this eastern area contains a full grid of multibeam echo sounder data. Therefore, for the confidence assessment, dataset was split in two. GB001090 contains the the lower confidence areas

  • The cruise took place between the 1st and 29th of July 2009 and surveyed two Areas of Search (AoS) for offshore Special Areas of Conservation (SACs): Anton Dohrn Seamount located 155km west of the St Kilda archipelago, and East Rockall Bank located 260km west of the St Kilda archipelago. The main aims of the survey were to acquire acoustic and photographic ?ground-truthing? data to enable geological, geomorphological and biological characterisation of the Anton Dohrn Seamount and East Rockall Bank AoS. Specifically, the data acquired will lead to the production of broadscale habitat maps, the identification and description of Annex I reef habitats with particular attention to the occurrence of bedrock, stony and biogenic reef, to identify and record any anthropogenic impacts in the areas of search and finally to evaluate data acquisition methods, techniques and equipment.

  • This is a compilation of OSPAR habitat polygon data for the northeast Atlanticsubmitted by OSPAR contracting parties. The compilation is coordinated by the UK's Joint Nature Conservation Committee, working with a representative from each of the OSPAR coastal contracting parties.This public dataset does not contain records relating to sensitive species (e.g. Ostrea edulis) in specific areas, or where data are restricted from public release by the owner's use limitations. This version (v2018) was published in July 2019.

  • Broadscale habitat (EUNIS level 3) for the Goodwin Sands recommended Marine Conservation Zone (rMCZ).Seabed texture polygons mapped using semi automated ISO cluster unsupervised classification and expert interpretation of acoustic data (MBES bathymetry and backscatter) and groundtruthing data from PSA analysis and image (stills and video) classification.