Large shallow inlets and bays
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.
|EU Habitats Directive||Annex I habitat type (code 1160)|
|EU conservation status by biogeographical region||Marine Atlantic - Bad|
|Marine Baltic - Bad|
|Marine Black Sea - Poor|
|Marine Macaronesian - Unknown|
|Marine Mediterranean - Bad|
|Habitat type||Not priority|
|Natura 2000 sites||489 are designated for this habitat type|
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 2013-2018 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.
Species mentioned in habitat description
Natura 2000 sites
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Mentioned in the following international legal instruments and agreements
Relation to habitat classifications
|Classification||Code||Habitat type name||Relationship type|
|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|