Sheltered infralittoral rock with kelp
Compiled by: Leigh Jones, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Monkstone House, City
Road, Peterborough PE1 IJY, UK.
Derived, in part, from: the UK marine biotope classification (Connor et al.
1997b) and a review undertaken for the UK Marine SACs Project (Birkett et al.,
|Europe (EUNIS Nov. 1999)
||Silted kelp communities on sheltered infralittoral rock
||Benthic zone of the shallow coastal waters with hard bottom
and rich macrophytes
|Britain/Ireland (MNCR BioMar 97.06)
||Silted kelp (stable rock)
|Faciès à Laminaria hyperborea-Laminaria
ochroleuca : sous-faciès à algues filamenteuses (mode abrite).
Cystoseires et Laminaria saccharina en mode abrité.
Infralittoral rock in wave and tide-sheltered conditions, supporting silty communities
with Laminaria hyperborea and /or Laminaria saccharina. Associated seaweeds
are typically silt-tolerant and include a high proportion of delicate filamentous types.
Some areas, particularly in the lower infralittoral zone, are subject to intense grazing
by urchins and chitons and may have poorly developed seaweed communities.
(from MNCR database in February 1999)
Species composition and biodiversity
Sensitivity to human activities
Conservation and protection status