Report 509
Biotope Assignment of Grab Samples from Four Surveys Undertaken in 2011 Across Scotland's Seas (2012)
(2014)
Pearce, B., Grubb, L., Earnshaw, S., Pitts, J. & Goodchild, R.
A number of research projects have been commissioned to collate existing data on the distribution of MPA “search features” and a number of surveys have been carried out to provide new data in areas where there are gaps in our understanding. These include areas that have been identified by UKSeaMap 2010 (McBreen et al 2011) as being sandy gravel habitats which are not well documented in Scottish waters. Data from four of these surveys have been used in this study.
 

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In 2012 JNCC commissioned Gardline Caledonia Ltd. to undertake analysis of benthic grab data collected during four surveys in order to assign biotope classifications and identify potential features of conservation interest. These surveys were commissioned to provide new data to enhance our understanding of the distribution of MPA search features across Scotland’s seas. The four surveys were conducted between July and November 2011 in the Firth of Forth Banks Complex area, the northern North Sea, North East Atlantic shelf area and from within the Windsock fisheries restriction area and were designed to target habitats for which our understanding could be improved. These included areas that have been identified by the predictive habitat mapping project UKSeaMap 2010 (McBreen et al 2011) as sandy gravel habitats which are not well documented in Scottish waters.

 
 
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  • 5.1 Biological Data (Winzip file, 2.06 mb)
  • 5.2 Environmental Data (Winzip file, 1.81 mb)
  • 5.3 Statistical Analysis (This is a very large Zip file, please contact  if you would like a copy)
  • 5.4 Biotope Matching (Winzip file, 292 kb)
  • 5.5 Biotope Summary Pages (Winzip file, 777 kb)
  • 5.6 Reef Assessment (Winzip file, 150 kb)

 

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ISSN 0963 8901
 
Please cite as: Pearce, B., Grubb, L., Earnshaw, S., Pitts, J. & Goodchild, R., (2014), Biotope Assignment of Grab Samples from Four Surveys Undertaken in 2011 Across Scotland's Seas (2012), JNCC Report 509, ISSN 0963 8901