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Marine Nature Conservation Review: Sector 8. Inlets in the western English Channel: Area summaries 1999


The Marine Nature Conservation Review (MNCR) began in 1987. Its aim was to provide information describing the marine habitats, communities and species around Great Britain. This was collected in such a way as to underpin the development of management systems for marine nature conservation and to support the identification of marine protected areas.

This volume (MNCR Sector 8) covers a summary of information on the marine inlets of south-west Britain, between Weymouth Harbour in Dorset and the Helford River in Cornwall. The habitats and communities of the marine inlets of south-west Britain are considered to have many physiographic and ecological similarities and have been the subject of various surveys, the most comprehensive being the Harbours, Rias and Estuaries (HRE) programme commissioned by the Nature Conservancy Council (NCC) in the 1980s. The HRE surveys were carried out by the Field Studies Council Oil Pollution Research Unit (OPRU) between 1985 and 1989 and covered all the major and most of the minor inlets between Portsmouth and Milford Haven. The HRE studies included field surveys of the shores and sublittoral zone of each inlet to describe their habitats and communities (together referred to as biotopes) and to assess their natural heritage importance. In this volume, the data from the HRE surveys, together with data from a variety of other sources, have been analysed to classify the marine biotopes present and to describe their distribution within each inlet. Information on the designated conservation sites and main human influences in each inlet was also compiled.

Please note that this resource has been produced from a scan of an original document. You may therefore experience fluctuations in quality and large file sizes.

Due to the file size of the volume, it is divided into the following parts:

  • Part 1: Prelims, Introduction & Area summaries 1 (Weymouth Harbour) to 11 (River Yealm).
  • Part 2: Area summaries 12 ( Plymouth Sound) to 12 (Helford River) and Appendices A to C.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 1999··

Moore, J.J., Smith, J. & Northen, K.O. 1999. Marine Nature Conservation Review Sector 8. Inlets in the western English Channel: area summaries (Coasts and seas of the United Kingdom. MNCR series). JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 1 86107 455 7.

This volume forms part the Marine Nature Conservation Review (MNCR), which commenced in 1987 under the Nature Conservancy Council and continued in 1991 under JNCC until 2005.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2023·08·01

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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