Biodiversity & Conservation

Muddy sand shores



Image Joint Nature Conservation Committee - View across a cockle strand (biotope LMS.Pcer). Image width foreground ca 10 m.
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Distribution map

LS.LSa.MuSa recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)

  • EC_Habitats
  • UK_BAP

For a list of 2004 characterising species please see the JNCC website.

Map icon UK and Ireland classification

Major habitat LS Littoral sediment
Habitat complex LS.LSa Littoral sand
Biotope complex LS.LSa.MuSa Polychaete / bivalve dominated muddy sand shores

Additional information icon Additional information

European Nature Information System (EUNIS): A2.2/B-LMS.MS Muddy sand shores. ZNIEFF-MER, France: III.3, Sables fins plus ou moins envases. (Dauvin et al., 1994).
Wadden Sea: 05.01.02, Mixed flats free of vegetation. (Nordheim et al., 1996).

This review can be cited as follows:

Tyler-Walters, H. & Marshall, C. 2006. Muddy sand shores. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 26/11/2015]. Available from: <>