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Our experience covers a wide range of ecological surveys in temperate, tropical and sub-tropical climates, with a particular emphasis on United Kingdom waters and coastlines.

Marine Policy & Biodiversity Action
Case Studies

 Development of Biodiversity Action
Plan resource packs.

Creating resource packs to provide repeatable methodologies for volunteers to undertake surveys of intertidal and subtidal BAP species and habitats. Eight resource packs were created for:
   * honeycomb reefs,
Sabellaria alveolata
peat and clay exposures with piddocks
   * intertidal mussels (
Mytlius edulis) on sediment
   * crayfish,
Palinurus elephas
carpet mussel (Musculus discors) beds
   * subtidal seagrass beds
, Zostera marina, and
intertidal seagrass, Zostera noltii.

The packs were commissioned by the Countryside Council for Wales, and aimed at divers, schools and the general public.

The main objective of the BAP process is to report every three years on whether the trends in health and extent of priority habitats are increasing throughout Wales, or declining. However, the marine environment is a challenging place to work, in terms of access, weather, tide, visibility and depth to name but a few, and as a result, lack of information about species and habitats has meant that there has been very little information on which to base our judgements in the past. Data collected by volunteers was aimed to augment more detailed information collected by professional organisations and government departments.

Several habitats in Wales have been identified as a priority for nature conservation purposes. Action for these important habitats, and additional species, is being promoted through the Biodiversity Action Planning (BAP) process. For more information see the the UK BAP or Wales Biodiversity Partnership websites

 (www.ukbap.org.uk or www.biodiversitywales.org.uk)


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