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Data set name

Cumbraes Marine Consultation Areas, western Scotland

Data holding centreCunninghame District Council
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodNot specified
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Area surrounding Great and Little Crumbrae Islands, Firth of Clyde, western Scotland

Observations 
Parameters

Macroalgae and seagrass taxonomy-related counts; Fauna abundance per unit area of the bed; Fish abundance in water bodies; Fish non taxonomy-related abundance per unit volume of the water column; Habitat characterisation; Habitat extent; Macroalgae generic abundance in water bodies

Instruments

Manual biota samplers

Description 
Summary

The Great and Little Cumbrae Islands are at the southern limit of the Firth of Clyde, with a deep water channel reaching depths of over 100m between the islands and Bute. The channel between the island and the mainland is over 50m deep. Great Cumbrae is composed of red sandstone and Little Cumbrae is basalt. The tidal regime favours the development of rich algal and faunal communities on the shores. The red seaweeds Chondrus crispus and Mastocarpus stellatus are better developed here than at any other location in Britain. At Kames Bay populations of the thin tellin Angulus tenuis have been monitored for over 60 years and constitute one of the longest series of observations on an intertidal species in the United Kingdom.

OriginatorsCunninghame District Council
Availability 
OrganisationCunninghame District Council
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactDirector of Planning
Address

Cunninghame District Council
Planning Department Cunninghame House
Irvine

KA12 8EE
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 1294 274166
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1024001
Global identifier310
Last revised2010-01-10