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Coastal birds and marine mammals of mid-Dorset 1995


This report summarises the results of a twelve month study in 1994 into the distribution and abundance of seabirds and marine mammals in the coastal waters off mid Dorset between Portland Bill and Durlston Head and south to latitude 50° 22' N. The emphasis of the study was to map seabird and cetacean distribution and abundance off mid Dorset over a 12 month period; to summarise existing data, including those collected under contract to JNCC, on the birds and mammals of the above area; to assess possible impacts of seismic, exploration drilling and related potential developments in the area and to provide recommendations for approaches to minimise impacts on birds and cetaceans from these activities.

Seabirds and marine mammals were counted from land in inshore areas and a boat was used for surveys beyond sight of land. In addition to results from this study, a review of literature produced much additional and background information.

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Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 1995··

White, R. & Webb, A. 1995. Coastal birds and marine mammals of mid-Dorset, JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 1 873701 96 9.

This study was commissioned by Amoco (UK) Exploration Company and British Gas Exploration and Production.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2023·03·25

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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