SAC intertidal sediment condition assessment survey as part of 6 year assessment
The primary task of this study was to undertake dedicated survey work during the autumn of 2015 in order to derive high quality survey data on existing biotopes and supporting physical attributes to inform condition monitoring of Annex I habitat mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide (H1140) (EUNIS code A2). Additional evidence from surface scrape samples (contaminants) and anthropogenic pressure information was collected to assist with assessment of change against historical evidence for each sub-feature with a preliminary condition assessment recommendation.
The sedimentary littoral sub-features targeted during the surveys were:
• Intertidal mud and sand flats
• Intertidal muddy sand biotopes
• Intertidal mud biotopes