EUNIS habitat classification 2012 > A - Marine habitats > A2 - Littoral sediment > A2.1 - Littoral coarse sediment > A2.11 - Shingle (pebble) and gravel shores

Shingle (pebble) and gravel shores

English name: Shingle (pebble) and gravel shores

Description (English)

Shores of shingle (mobile cobbles and pebbles) or coarse gravel, typically deposited as a result of onshore wave action and long-shore drift. The particle size tends to increase along the shore in the direction of the long-shore drift. As the sediment is very coarse and often quite mobile, it typically supports little marine life, other than opportunist amphipods and oligochaete worms. Summer growths of ephemeral green algae (Enteromorpha spp.) may develop.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code A2.11

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
Marine Habitat Classification Britain/Ireland 0405 LS.LCS.Sh Shingle (pebble) and gravel shores source
CORINE Land Cover 4.2.3. Intertidal flats n/a
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A2.11 Shingle (pebble) and gravel shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A2.11 Shingle and gravel shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A2.11 Shingle and gravel shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A2.11 Shingle and gravel shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A2.11 Unvegetated littoral shingle and gravel shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 A2.11 Unvegetated littoral shingle and gravel shores same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 16.11 Part of Unvegetated sand beaches narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 16.11 Part of Unvegetated sand beaches narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 16.11   narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 16.11   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 16.11   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 16.11   narrower
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) LGS.Sh Shingle (pebble) and gravel shores same
MNCR BioMar 96.7 (Britain & Ireland) LGS.Sh   same
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