EUNIS habitat classification 2012 > B - Coastal habitats > B3 - Rock cliffs, ledges and shores, including the supralittoral

Rock cliffs, ledges and shores, including the supralittoral

English name: Rock cliffs, ledges and shores, including the supralittoral

Description (English)

Rock exposures adjacent to the oceans, their connected seas and associated coastal lagoons, or separated from them by a narrow shoreline. The faces, ledges and caves of sea-cliffs and the expanses of rocky shore are important as reproduction, resting and feeding sites for seabirds, sea-mammals and a few groups of terrestrial birds. Sea-cliffs may also harbour highly distinctive, specialised salt-tolerant vegetation with associated terrestrial fauna.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code B3

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Not available

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 18 Sea-cliffs and rocky shores same
CORINE Land Cover 3.3.2. Bare rock n/a
HELCOM Baltic Sea Marine and Coastal Biotopes 1998 03.06 Coastal cliffs and caves same
HELCOM Baltic Sea Marine and Coastal Biotopes 1998 03.05 Gently sloping rocky shores same
Ramsar Wetland Types D Rocky marine shores wider
Phase 1 habitat classification (UK) 1993 H8 Maritime cliff and slope narrower
Biodiversity Broad Habitat Classification (UK) 18 Supralittoral rock narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 B3 Rock cliffs, ledges and shores, including the supralittoral same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 B3 Rock cliffs, ledges and shores, including the supralittoral same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 B3 Rock cliffs, ledges and shores, including the supralittoral same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 B3 Rock cliffs, ledges and shores, including the supralittoral same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 B3 Rock cliffs, ledges and shores, including the supralittoral same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 B7 Rock cliffs, ledges and shores, above the supralittoral same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 18 Sea-cliffs and rocky shores same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 18 Sea-cliffs and rocky shores same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 18   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 18   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 18   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 18   same
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