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In order to improve our knowledge of the deep-sea habitat in UK waters, this study was undertaken to further characterise and verifiy suspected records of deep-sea sponge aggregations by applying the habitat definition provided by OSPAR (OSPAR, 2010). A total of 111 suspected records were assessed from areas including the Faroe-Shetland Channel, Wyville Thomson Ridge, Rockall Bank, Rosemary Bank Seamount, Hatton Bank, the Hebrides continental slope, George Bligh Bank and the Hatton-Rockall Basin.
A wealth of new information from recent research initiatives points to the need to better refine the definition of Coral Gardens habitat, and map the occurrences of Coral Gardens in UK waters. This study set out to use information on key species components of Coral Gardens to refine the definition of the feature for UK waters and to verify suspected records of the habitat.
This paper provides an overview of the information to date on ash dieback in relation to its impact on UK biodiversity, long-term monitoring of such impacts and future research requirements. This document is aimed at UK policy makers and technical advisors within public bodies, in order to help manage their response to ash dieback.
The UK has responsibilities under a number of different legislative obligations to survey and monitor marine biodiversity across UK waters, and to assess and report on the conservation status of this biodiversity. Such assessments will provide evidence on the state of biodiversity both within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and across the wider UK marine environment and identify where progress is being made in its protection.
The EC Birds Directive requires EU Member States to identify SPAs in the sea and land areas where the Directive applies. This report outlines the methods and results of surveys undertaken to determine the numbers of wintering waterbirds regularly using the South Cornwall Coast AoS
This paper is Part II of a series of three that investigates and analyses several national and international legislative and policy instruments, including obligations to assess biodiversity in both Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the wider environment. Part I is a detailed review and summarises the assessment requirements of each instrument against a standard framework covering 14 aspects (e.g. geographic scope, assessment criteria etc.). The information collated and summarised in Part I is used to identify areas of similarity and difference between obligations in the present paper. Part II is structured around the standard framework which was used in Part I to summarise the assessment obligations.
This paper is Part I in a series of three that investigates and analyses several national and international legislative and policy instruments, including obligations to assess biodiversity in both Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the wider marine environment.
JNCC is supporting the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in achieving a pragmatic evidence-based
approach to IPBES. Therefore JNCC, in response to the request from the IPBES Interim
Secretariat, has commissioned this project which seeks to ensure that a representative
sample of relevant assessments, projects and studies from the UK and the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) and Crown Dependencies are included in the Catalogue.
Using two case studies this report identifies trends in species diversity and explores options for sampling strategies for baseline monitoring surveys.
Conservation actions include both the designation of sites and the management of sites to
improve their conservation status. Although many studies have explored the impact of these actions on conservation outcomes, far fewer have explored their impact on ecosystem service delivery.