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North Norfolk Sandbank and Saturn Reef cSAC/SCI Management Investigation Report 2015

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Abstract

This report describes findings of a dedicated survey of North Norfolk Sandbanks and Saturn Reef candidate Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance

Summary

The North Norfolk Sandbanks and Saturn Reef cSAC/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.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2015·11·01

Citation
Jenkins, C., Eggleton, J., Albrecht, J., Barry, J., Duncan, G., Golding, N. & O’Connor, J., (2015), North Norfolk Sandbank and Saturn Reef cSAC/SCI Management Investigation Report, JNCC/Cefas Partnership Report Series No. 7, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 2051-6711.

Lineage
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences and JNCC undertook a survey of North Norfolk Sandbank and Saturn Reef cSAC/SCI, conducted in 2013, aboard the RV Cefas Endeavour.

Responsible organisation
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·07·17

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

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