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EUNIS habitat classification 2012 > B - Coastal habitats

Coastal habitats

English name: Coastal habitats

Description (English)

Coastal habitats are those above spring high tide limit (or above mean water level in non-tidal waters) occupying coastal features and characterised by their proximity to the sea, including coastal dunes and wooded coastal dunes, beaches and cliffs. Includes free-draining supralittoral habitats adjacent to marine habitats which are normally only affected by spray or splash, strandlines characterised by terrestrial invertebrates and moist and wet coastal dune slacks and dune-slack pools. Excludes supralittoral rock pools and habitats adjacent to the sea which are not characterised by salt spray, wave or sea-ice erosion.

Quick facts

  • EUNIS habitat type (code B)

Vegetation types

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Species mentioned in habitat description

Not available

Other classifications

Relationships with other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 1 Coastal and halophytic communities wider
Phase 1 habitat classification (UK) 1993 H Coastlands wider
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 B Coastal habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 B Coastal habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 B Coastal habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 B Coastal habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 B Coastal habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 B Coastal and halophytic habitats same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 1 Part of Coastal and halophytic communities wider
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 1 Part of Coastal and halophytic communities wider
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 1   wider
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 1   wider
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 1   wider
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 1   wider
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