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Development of a Coastal Vegetated Shingle Inventory for England (NECR015)

A national inventory of coastal vegetated shingle is required for a number of reasons including to:

  • Implement Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs).
  • Manage designated sites.
  • Develop and implement strategic coastal management.

This project was the second phase of work to develop a uniform age digital inventory of the extent of coastal vegetated shingle based upon surveys undertaken in the 1990s. There were two main objectives:

  • To review and improve upon the existing digital inventory (Phase 1, completed in 2004).
  • To produce an inventory for all coastal vegetated shingle sites in England showing their extent at a fixed point in time.

The project has provided a Geographical Information System layer for the extent of coastal vegetated shingle in the 1990s. The project findings include:

  • There is less of this habitat in England than previously thought.
  • It is an extremely rare habitat in England and Europe.
  • The development of methods to deal with data quality assurance issues and the transfer of large quanities of mapping data.

Natural England will use the findings to:

  • Promote actions to achieve the UK BAP targets for this habitat.
  • Improve the condition of the vegetated shingle feature within protected sites.
  • Help to identify locations for further site surveys and enable a more effective assessment of changes in extent for future reporting.

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