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Marine Nature Conservation Review (MNCR) Database (1987-)

Data holding centreJoint Nature Conservation Committee - Marine Conservation Branch, Peterborough
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
ProjectState of the Seas Assessment - 2: Marine Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Input
Time periodFrom 1987 onwards
Geographical area

Coastal areas of Great Britain (including Northern Ireland and some of the Isle of Man)


Habitat characterisation; Habitat extent; Zoobenthos taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the littoral zone; Sediment grain size parameters; Salinity of the water column; Seabed photography; Zoobenthos taxonomic abundance; Zoobenthos taxonomy-related counts


Pelagic trawl nets; benthos samplers; cameras; sediment grabs; unconsolidated sediment corers; rock dredges; manual biota samplers


The aim of the Marine Nature Conservation Review (MNCR) is to extend knowledge of benthic marine habitats, communities and species in Great Britain, particularly through description of their characteristics, distribution and extent. A further aim is to identify sites and species of nature conservation importance. The still-growing MNCR database was therefore developed in-house to provide a fundamental underpinning to the work of the MNCR and Marine Conservation Branch of the JNCC. The database currently comprises a number of modules including literature reviews and field data. The field data is hierarchical with a one-to-many relationship between surveys and sites, and sites and habitats respectively. It is used to store raw field survey data from surveys of areas from all around the British coast (including the islands) by the MNCR, country agencies (e.g. English Nature) and contractors. This includes details of any photographs taken to support the survey work and cataloguing of specimens of organisms taken from the field. It also stores data from previous Nature Conservancy Council databases. It is currently being used to develop a community/biotope classification scheme. Data can be downloaded to the UK Digital Marine Atlas (UKDMA) or used in a variety of interfaced packages.

OriginatorsJoint Nature Conservation Committee - Marine Conservation Branch, Peterborough

Hill, T.O., Thorpe, K., Connor, D.W. and Mills, D.J.L. (1993) Littoral and sublittoral surveys of the UK North Sea coast - input and analysis of data to the Marine Nature Conservation Review. Final Report., Joint Nature Conservation Committee Report, No. 166. (MNCR Report, No.MNCR/OR/16).; Mills, D.J.L., Hill, T.O., Thorpe, K. and Connor, D.W. (1993) Atlas of marine biological surveys in Britain. Joint Nature Conservation Committee Report, No. 167., Marine Nature Conservation Review Report, No.MNCR/OR/17; Mills, D.J.L. (1991) Marine Nature Conservation Review: data handling systems. Nature Conservancy Council. CSD Report, No. 1192, Marine Nature Conservation Review Report, No.MNCR/OR/12

Data web site
OrganisationJoint Nature Conservation Committee - Marine Conservation Branch, Peterborough
AvailabilityBy negotiation; unrestricted
ContactMarine Conservation Branch Data Systems Manager

Joint Nature Conservation Committee - Marine Conservation Branch, Peterborough
Monkstone House City Road

United Kingdom

Telephone+44 1733 62626
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1034001
Global identifier590
Last revised2009-10-15