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Image David George - View across shore showing extensive kelp beds on chalk. Image width ca 4 m.
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IR.MIR.KR.Ldig.Pid recorded () and expected () distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)
EC Habitats Directive
UK Biodiversity Action Plan
|Habitat Directive feature (Annex 1)||Reefs
Large shallow inlets and bays
Kelp beds provide refuge for nursery areas for a wide range of species and it is likely that juvenile forms of all the animals that are present as adults in the kelp bed make use of the habitat as a nursery area. Other species may only make use of the habitat during parts of their lifecycles.
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This review can be cited as follows:
Hill, J.M. 2008. Laminaria digitata and piddocks on sublittoral fringe soft rock. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 09/12/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/habitatimportance.php?habitatid=26&code=1997>