Temperate Atlantic sea-cliffs and rocky shores

English name: Temperate Atlantic sea-cliffs and rocky shores

Description (English)

Sea-cliffs, their faces, ledges and associated caves, rocky shores and isolated seaside rocks of the Atlantic temperate region, including the North Sea, the English Channel, the Irish Sea and the Bay of Biscay, along the coasts of Scandinavia south of the Arctic Circle, of the Faeroes, of the British Isles and their outlying archipelagoes, of mainland Europe south to Galicia. They are the breeding, resting or feeding places of great numbers of seabirds and sea-mammals, of which Halichoerus grypus, Sula bassana, Uria aalge, Alca torda, Rissa tridactyla, Phalacrocorax aristotelis aristotelis are characteristic.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code B3.23

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Birds Alca torda
Mammals Halichoerus grypus
Birds Rissa tridactyla
Birds Sula bassana
Birds Uria aalge
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Alca torda Razorbill Birds
Halichoerus grypus Grey seal Mammals
Rissa tridactyla Kittiwake Birds
Sula bassana Birds
Uria aalge Guillemot Birds

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 18.13 Temperate Atlantic sea-cliffs and rocky shores source
CORINE Land Cover 3.3.2. Bare rock n/a
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 B3.23 Temperate Atlantic sea-cliffs and rocky shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 B3.23 Temperate Atlantic sea-cliffs and rocky shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 B3.23 Temperate Atlantic sea-cliffs and rocky shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 B3.23 Temperate Atlantic sea-cliffs and rocky shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 B3.23 Temperate Atlantic sea-cliffs and rocky shores same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 B7.13 Temperate Atlantic sea-cliffs and rocky shores same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 18.13 Temperate Atlantic sea-cliffs and rocky shores same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 18.13 Temperate Atlantic sea-cliffs and rocky shores same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 18.13   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 18.13   same
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