JNCC publishes reports arising from its scientific work on a
wide range of topics under the series title JNCC Reports (ISSN 0963
8091). For more details contact the communications team:
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This report and the accompanying material details demographic information on the 32 species of seabird and sea duck thought to be most vulnerable to off-shore renewable developments in the UK.
This report provides an analysis of the pros and cons of the 'Displacement as Habitat Loss' approach.
The Inter-Agency Marine Mammal Working Group (IAMMWG), comprising representatives of Natural England (NE), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) met at SNH Edinburgh on 28th June 2012. Expert scientific advice was also sought from SMRU. This paper derives from discussions at that meeting and subsequent correspondence.
This guidance outlines a favoured JNCC approach for assigning a biotope which should ensure biotoped data are suitable for JNCC needs. It can be applied to either EUNIS or the Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland.
The aim of the research described in this report was to assess whether and how existing data collected in the UK deep-sea environment can be used to inform decisions on sampling designs to monitor the status and trends in the condition of benthic habitats along the Scottish Continental slope and within the Faroe-Shetland Channel.
For the further development of the UK’s Natura 2000 network, a network of nature protection areas established under the EU Birds and Habitats Directive , identifying discrete and persistent areas of relatively high harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) density was required for the UK marine area out to the 200 nautical miles limit.
This report provides the results of detailed analyses of 18 years of survey data in the Joint Cetacean Protocol (JCP) undertaken to inform the identification of discrete and persistent areas of relatively high harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) density in the UK marine area within the UK Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Under Article 4 of the EU Habitats Directive there is a requirement, where certain conditions are met, to protect bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises through the designation of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) as part of the Natura 2000 network.
Since 1965 dedicated shore watches for cetaceans have been conducted at a number of sites around the UK. Over 75,000 hours of watches and c50,000 associated sightings of bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise from 678 sites around the coasts of Britain have been analysed. This analysis is aimed at determining whether areas of persistent high occurrence and relative abundance of the two species can be identified.
JNCC considered whether Quantum GIS (QGIS) would be a suitable alternative to ArcGIS, and to also meet its data management requirements.
JNCC and SNH aim in this report to identify those marine areas used for foraging by red-throated divers (Gavia stellata) during the breeding season for possible further consideration.
This project aims to review, refine and identify the optimum aggregation methods for undertaking marine biodiversity status assessments.