Large shallow inlets and bays

Description (English)

Large indentations of the coast where, in contrast to estuaries, the influence of freshwater is generally limited. These shallow indentations are generally sheltered from wave action and contain a great diversity of sediments and substrates with a well developed zonation of benthic communities. These communities have generally a high biodiversity. The limit of shallow water is sometimes defined by the distribution of the Zosteretea and Potametea associations.
Several physiographic types may be included under this category providing the water is shallow over a major part of the area: embayments, fjards, rias and voes.

Source: Interpretation Manual of European Union Habitats, version EUR 28 (2013)

Quick facts

EU Habitats Directive Annex I habitat type (code 1160)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Marine Atlantic - Unfavourable-Bad
Marine Baltic - Unfavourable-Bad
Marine Black Sea - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Marine Macaronesian - Favourable
Marine Mediterranean - Unknown
Habitat type Not priority
Natura 2000 sites 471 are designated for this habitat type

Distribution

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Conservation status

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Favourable: A habitat is in a situation where it is prospering and with good prospects to do so in the future as well
Unfavourable-Inadequate: A habitat is in a situation where a change in management or policy is required to return the habitat to favourable status but there is no danger of disappearance in the foreseeable future
Unfavourable-Bad: A habitat is in serious danger of disappearing (at least regionally)
Unknown: The information available for the habitat type is scarce and does not allow a proper assessment of its conservation status
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Relation to habitat classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A4.1 Atlantic and Mediterranean high energy circalittoral rock overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A3.1 Atlantic and Mediterranean high energy infralittoral rock overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A4.3 Atlantic and Mediterranean low energy circalittoral rock overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A3.3 Atlantic and Mediterranean low energy infralittoral rock overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A4.2 Atlantic and Mediterranean moderate energy circalittoral rock overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A3.2 Atlantic and Mediterranean moderate energy infralittoral rock overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A2.5 Coastal saltmarshes and saline reedbeds overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A4.71 Communities of circalittoral caves and overhangs overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A7.3 Completely mixed water column with full salinity overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A7.2 Completely mixed water column with reduced salinity overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A4.7 Features of circalittoral rock overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A3.7 Features of infralittoral rock overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A1.4 Features of littoral rock overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A1.1 High energy littoral rock overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A2.7 Littoral biogenic reefs overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A2.1 Littoral coarse sediment overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A2.4 Littoral mixed sediments overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A2.3 Littoral mud overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A2.2 Littoral sand and muddy sand overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A2.6 Littoral sediments dominated by aquatic angiosperms overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A1.3 Low energy littoral rock overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A1.2 Moderate energy littoral rock overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A7.1 Neuston overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A5.6 Sublittoral biogenic reefs overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A5.1 Sublittoral coarse sediment overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A5.5 Sublittoral macrophyte-dominated sediment overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A5.4 Sublittoral mixed sediments overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A5.3 Sublittoral mud overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A5.2 Sublittoral sand overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A7.8 Unstratified water column with full salinity overlap
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 A7.9 Vertically stratified water column with full salinity overlap
German Federal List of Biotopes B32 Boddengewässerkomplex, geringe Belastung not defined
German Federal List of Biotopes A2a Flachwasserzonen der Nordsee (Meeresarme u. -buchten, incl. Seegraswiesen) not defined
German Federal List of Biotopes B31 naturnaher Boddengewässerkomplex not defined
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