Introduction and background to the classification
This publication presents a classification of marine habitats
for the shores and seabed around Britain and Ireland. It has been
substantially revised and updated from the previous version which
was developed by JNCC's Marine Nature Conservation Review (MNCR) as
part of the EC Life Nature-funded BioMar programme (Connor et
al. 1997a, b).
This version reflects the continuing needs of end-users
for improved information about each habitat, which is presented in
a variety of interactive ways in this web-based publication.
As a result of re-analysis of field data, including new data
from recent surveys in candidate Special Areas of Conservation
(cSACs), a number of new habitat types have been described.