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Marine Nature Conservation Review: Sectors 1 & 2. Lagoons in Shetland and Orkney: Area summaries 1998


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 Sectors 1 & 2) covers the lagoons of Shetland and Orkney, following initiation by the MNCR in 1993 of 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. Eighteen lagoons in MNCR Sector 1 (the Shetland Islands), were surveyed in August 1993, and sixteen lagoons were surveyed in July 1994 in MNCR Sector 2 (the Orkney Islands). The information is presented as 34 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, current nature conservation designations, the main human influences and relevant literature. The lagoons surveyed and the marine biotope information are also presented in a series of maps. These area summaries are supported by a summary of the biotopes defined for the region (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 of Shetland
  • Part 2: Area summaries of Orkney & Appendices A to D.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 1998··

Thorpe, K. 1998. Marine Nature Conservation Review Sectors 1 & 2. Lagoons in Shetland and Orkney: Area summaries (Coasts and seas of the United Kingdom. MNCR series). JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 1 86107 446 8.

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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