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Marine Nature Conservation Review: Sectors 3, 4, 12, 13 & 15. Lagoons in mainland Scotland and the Inner Hebrides: 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.

In 1993 the MNCR initiated a survey of lagoons (isolated saline water bodies) in Scotland, to provide information to support the implementation of the 1992 EC Habitats Directive and to contribute to the general MNCR survey programme. This volume (MNCR Sectors 3, 4, 12, 13 & 15) describes 33 lagoons in mainland Scotland and the Inner Hebrides which were studied as part of this programme, with field surveys undertaken in 1994 and 1995. The studies included field surveys of the shores (if tidal) and the subtidal zone of each lagoon to describe their habitats and communities (together referred to as biotopes) and to assess their natural heritage importance. Comparable data from other organisations or previous studies have been added and the data analysed to classify the biotopes present. Information on the designated conservation sites and main human influences in the lagoons has also been 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 and Area summaries of North Scotland (1), East Scotland (2 to 9), Clyde Sea (10, 11), West Scotland (13 to 23).
  • Part 2: Area summaries of North-west Scotland (24 to 33) and Appendices A to D.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 1999··

Covey, R., Fortune, F., Nichols, D.M. & Thorpe, K. 1998. Marine Nature Conservation Review: Sectors 3, 4, 12, 13 & 15. Lagoons in mainland Scotland and the Inner Hebrides: Area summaries. JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 186107 447 6.

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 2023·06·19

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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