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Marine Nature Conservation Review: Sector 2. Orkney: 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 2) covers the marine environment of Orkney. The studies included field surveys of shores and the nearshore subtidal zone to describe the marine habitats and communities (together referred to as biotopes) and to assess their marine natural heritage importance. Comparable data from other organisations have been added to provide information on over 460 sites within the Sector and analysed to classify the biotopes present. Information on the designated conservation sites and main human activities in each area has also been compiled. The information available for Orkney is presented as ten area summaries.

Each area is described in a standard format, giving details of its physical and biological character, the marine biotopes present and their distribution, the sites surveyed, current nature conservation designations, the main human influences and relevant literature. The sites surveyed and the marine biotope information is also presented in a series of maps. These area summaries are supported by a summary of the biotopes defined for the Sector (from Connor et al. 1997a,b) and by a list of species recorded from the surveys.

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 (South Sanday) to 6 (Eynhallow, Wyre and Rousay Sounds)
  • Part 2: Area summaries 7 (Wide Firth and Shapinsay Sound) to 10 (North Sanday) & Appendices A to D.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 1999··

Murray, E., Daikin, M.J., Fortune, F., & Begg, K. 1999. Marine Nature Conservation Review Sector 2. Orkney: Area summaries. JNCC, Peterborough. (Coasts and seas of the United Kingdom. MNCR series)

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 2023·06·05

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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