No. 7 North Norfolk Sandbank and Saturn Reef cSAC/SCI Management Investigation Report
(007 - 2015)
Jenkins, C., Eggleton, J. Albrecht, J., Barry, J., Duncan, G., Golding, N. & O’Connor, J.
This report describes the findings of a dedicated survey by JNCC in partnership with Cefas, and provides the best-available evidence to aid development of future monitoring programmes.

 

Abstract

 
The North Norfolk Sandbanks and Saturn Reef candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC)/Site of Community Importance (SCI) encloses the most-extensive example of offshore linear-ridge sandbank feature in UK waters and also encompasses an area, named Saturn Reef, where previous seabed surveys identified an extensive biogenic reef created by the Ross Worm (Sabellaria spinulosa). Both the North Norfolk Sandbanks and Saturn Reef features qualify as Annex I habitats under the European Commission Habitats Directive, listed as ‘Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time’ and ‘Reefs’ (CEC 2007). However, the Annex I sandbank feature is dynamic and the Annex I
biogenic reef feature is ephemeral with both also deemed sensitive to human activities present within the SCI boundary. Therefore, in order to develop appropriate management advice for the site, a dedicated survey by JNCC in partnership with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) was undertaken in 2013 with the aims of:
 
  • characterising the infaunal communities across the sandbanks in order to better understand their sensitivities to human pressures; and
  • confirming or identifying the existence of Annex I S. spinulosa reef and characterising the associated fauna.
 
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A4, 86pp
ISSN 2051-6711
 
Please cite as: Jenkins, C., Eggleton, J. Albrecht, J., Barry, J., Duncan, G., Golding, N. & O’Connor, J., (007 - 2015), No. 7 North Norfolk Sandbank and Saturn Reef cSAC/SCI Management Investigation Report, A4, 86pp, ISSN 2051-6711