2005 - Ongoing United Kingdom MarLIN Shore Thing timed search results

Latest version published by Marine Biological Association on Jun 20, 2018 Marine Biological Association

Intertidal species effort-based search undertaken by students (16+) and volunteer groups with support from an ecologist. During the twenty minute timed species search surveyors look for 22 species, 4 non native and 18 climate change indicator species within 1 of 3 habitats: rockpools; boulders, crevices and overhangs; or open rock. Abundance is recorded using a simplified version of SACFORN.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 10,404 records.

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Marine Biological Association. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC) 4.0 License.

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Occurrence; Observation


Who created the resource:

Dan Lear
Head of Data
Marine Biological Association of the UK The Laboratory PL1 2PB Plymouth Plymouth, Devon GB +44 (0) 1752633207

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Data Archive for Marine Species and Habitats (DASSH)
Data Archive for Marine Species and Habitats (DASSH) Plymouth GB

Who filled in the metadata:

Data Archive for Marine Species and Habitats (DASSH)
Data Archive for Marine Species and Habitats (DASSH) Plymouth GB

Who else was associated with the resource:

NBN Atlas
NBN Atlas Broadway Business Centre, 32a Stoney Street, Lace Market NG1 1LL Nottingham Nottinghamshire GB

Geographic Coverage

Troposphere; Infralittoral; Littoral; Soil and sediment boundary layer; Eastern Channel; Western Channel and Celtic Sea; Irish Sea; Southern North Sea; Northern North Sea; Minches & Western Scotland; Scottish Continental Shelf; Rockall Trough & Bank; Faroe-Shetland Channel; Bristol Channel; English Channel; North Atlantic; Celtic Sea; Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland; Irish Sea and St. George's Channel; North Sea.

Bounding Coordinates South West [49.241, -10.192], North East [58.558, 1.359]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2006-06-15 / 2016-03-25

Sampling Methods

No Description available

Quality Control Collected by students (16+) and volunteers under the supervision of rocky shore ecologists. Digitised data is verified and Quality Assured internally by scientists at the MBA.

Method step description:

  1. The surveys are conducted by students (16+) or volunteer groups with the aid of a trained rocky shore ecologist. The results are recorded using the following abundancy scale: Abundant = definitely found at a certain level of the shore, Frequent = definitely found after some searching, Rare = intensive search to find 1 or 2 individuals, and Not found = not found after searching (Abundant, Frequent and Rare results are recorded in the sample description). Species have been selected from the MarCLIM surveys and the Shore Thing protocol and recording forms are available on the project website. Data is submitted to NBN through Marine Recorder, but is recorded as presence/absence only through this pathway. Original records (AFRN) are kept in a MYSQL database at the Marine Biological Association and as hard copy in the same place.

Additional Metadata

Purpose To generate records of marine wildlife by facilitating intertidal biological surveys at sites around the British Isles, and to make the results available to all on the Internet. In addition we aim to raise awareness of marine conservation amongst the participants and the wider community.
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