This study undertook analysis of the available data in the Shell Flat and Lune Deep Site of Community Importance (SCI) and Fylde Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) to produce topography and habitat maps to the highest practicable resolution, and identify changes in biota, habitats and topography over time across the sites. In total, 11 biotopes were assigned over the Shell Flat and Lune Deep SCI and Fylde MCZ.
This project produced the following outputs:
|Final report||Natural England Evidence Publication|
The whole of the Shell Flat area was identified as being Annex 1 Sandbank, with the edges of the sandbank extending further than the current site boundary; a smaller sandbank feature was also identified within the Fylde MCZ. An examination of change over time in biota, and habitats for the Shell Flat area suggested some changes in community structure over time; however this could be the result of the sampling and processing techniques used which have varied between surveys and years. The information provided as part of this study will provide a basis for long term monitoring of feature condition in these two sites.