Guidance on Assigning Benthic Biotopes using EUNIS or the Marine Habitat Classification of Britain and Ireland (Revised 2019) 2019
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Biotopes provide a simplified description of the variation in biological community across a region, to make it easier to visualise patterns and see which areas are similar in character. In the UK there are two commonly used classification schemes – the Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland and the Europe-wide EUNIS (European Nature Information System) which is strongly based on the UK system. This guidance is aimed at any user of these classifications but, in particular, those who assign biotopes to survey data gathered for the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies (SNCBs).
This is a revised version, incorporating a number of minor amendments, and supersedes the previous version of JNCC Report No. 546, published in March 2015.
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2019·09·01
Parry, M.E.V. (2019) Guidance on Assigning Benthic Biotopes using EUNIS or the Marine Habitat Classification of Britain and Ireland (revised 2019), JNCC Report No. 546, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.
This guidance outlines an approach for assigning a biotope, which can be applied to either EUNIS or the Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland.
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Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0
Metadata date 2019·09·20
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