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:
tel 01733 866844 or Email: Communications@jncc.gov.uk
To support Scottish Natural Heritage in identifying possible marine SPAs and to provide the necessary quantitative evidence on inshore aggregations of seaduck, divers and grebes, JNCC completed a multi-year programme of surveys and analysis, the results of which are presented in this report.
The optimal management of natural resources requires accurate land cover and habitat information across a range of spatial and thematic scales. This research is concerned with broad-scale habitat/land cover mapping from satellites. It focuses on the use of medium resolution satellite data, specifically Landsat-type data. The availability of Landsat and Landsat-type data for operational Earth Observation (EO) products appears secure in the medium-term after the successful launch of Landsat 8 in 2013 and the imminent launch of ESA’s Sentinel-2 satellites. SPOT, IRS and DMC sensors can provide similar data.
As consistency in recording has long been an issue with in situ monitoring of benthic communities the decision was taken to examine this issue within the JNCC dive team's programme of work.
In order to manage the marine environment effectively, it is necessary for decision makers to have access to suitable tools for identifying the state of marine biodiversity, and where a change in state occurs, to identify possible manageable causes. The use of indicators provides one such method, as a proxy for ecological status.
This report explores how UK businesses consider the value of natural capital in their decision-making. In particular, it documents the findings of an investigation into the motivations of business with regards to natural capital, including relevant factors such as their ways of working, institutional barriers encountered, informational and data needs and opportunities for realising nature’s value and the sustainable use of natural capital.
The purpose of this report is to produce a series of Conceptual Ecological Models (CEMs) that represent the shallow sublittoral mud habitat in the UK. CEMs are diagrammatic representations of the influences and processes that occur within an ecosystem. The models can be used to identify critical aspects of an ecosystem that may be developed for further study, or serve as the basis for the selection of indicators for environmental monitoring purposes. The models produced by this project are ‘control diagrams’, representing the unimpacted state of the environment, free from anthropogenic pressures.
This report presents analyses of locational data collected from adult European shags breeding on the Isle of May, Scotland from 1987-2010 using animal borne instrumentation. Data were available from 16 years, comprising 322 individuals, 1,111 foraging trips and 20,100 foraging locations.
Seven aerial surveys were carried out in the north-east of Bae Ceredigion/Cardigan Bay over four winters during 2000/01 to 2003/04. Observers recorded all divers, seaduck and grebes seen on both sides of the low-flying aircraft and allocated them to distance bands.
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.