Site details

Cornelian Bay
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              Candidate Reference Site

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Synoptic description of site:

Oxford clay cliffs with pristine vegetation; vast intertidal lake and multiple rock pools; base of cliff protected by shingle; used to be impacted by waste discharge.


Habitat description:

Variety of rocky substrates with boulders, wavecut platform grit and rockpools covered by seaweeds, pebble shore; rock platform; sublittoral muddy sands and coarse sands.


The University of Hull, Scarborough Centre for Coastal Studies (associated to Institute for Esturarine and Coastal Studies Hull): Research programmes with staff; Laboratory base with aquaria & controlled conditions; Teaching/Dissemination facilities & activities; lecture rooms, teaching labs; Library/Data series; Accomodation; Easy access to marine environment,SCUBA diving; Inclusion in national/international networks.

Available database and website:

English Nature, Environment Agency, MNCR surveys, Natural History Museum, Universities, Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries, JNCC, Scientific Societies NGOs (RSPB) - Information in Marine Conservation Review, JNCC Coastal Directories (EC Bio-Mar Life Programmes).

Additional Information:

Site of Special Scientific Interest. Nearby coastal wood belongs to the National Trust.