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Data set name

Biological and trace metal survey of Inner Solway Firth Beaches (1987-)

Data holding centreScottish Environment Protection Agency, Stirling Office
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1987 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Twenty-four sampling stations on the inter-tidal zone of the Inner Solway Firth, between Dorknockbrow and Arbigland (54° 53'N, 3° 11'W to 54° 54'N, 3° 34'W)

Observations 
Parameters

Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related ash-free dry weight biomass per unit area of the littoral zone; Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the littoral zone; Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related ash-free dry weight biomass per unit area of the bed; Sediment grain size parameters; Inorganic chemical composition of sediment or rocks

Instruments

Unconsolidated sediment corers; atomic absorption spectrometers; in-situ particle sizers

Description 
Summary

This is an annual survey of 24 sampling points on the inter-tidal zone of the Inner Solway Firth. The purpose of the survey is to assess the effects of several industrial discharges and to assess the general ecological health of the Firth. The assessments are made by means of a study of the invertebrate communities, particle size characteristics and measurements of trace metals in sediments. The invertebrates are identified to species level where possible. Identification and sample sorting quality assessment is through inter-river board ring tests and inter-calibration samples. This is enhanced by attendance at appropriate identification workshops. The best available keys are used and a reference collection is being established.

OriginatorsScottish Environment Protection Agency, Stirling Office
Availability 
OrganisationScottish Environment Protection Agency, Stirling Office
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactEnquiries Officer
Address

Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Stirling Office
Strathallan House
Stirling

FK9 4TZ
United Kingdom

Telephone01786 457700
Emailinfo@sepa.org.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1098009
Global identifier890
Last revised2010-11-22