This is the information page for the WBP Marine Ecosystem Group. The Marine Ecosystem Group activities relate to the following Section 7 priority habitats in Wales: Intertidal boulder communities; Sabellaria alveolata reefs; Seagrass beds; Sheltered muddy gravels; Peat and clay exposures; Estuarine rocky habitats; Tidal swept channels; Fragile sponge & anthozoan communities on subtidal rocky habitats; Carbonate reefs; Subtidal sands and gravels; Subtidal mixed muddy sediments; Mud habitats in deep water; Musculus discors beds; Blue mussel beds; Horse mussel beds; Maerl beds; Saline Lagoons; Intertidal Mudflats

The area of Welsh sea around its coasts is equal in area to that of its land, and supports a large diversity of species and habitats. Habitats include subtidal, intertidal, rocky shore, eel grass beds and maerl habitats each supporting a distinctive fauna.


The WBP Marine Group is currently identifying a work plan and strategy for marine conservation in Wales.

The Marine Group draws its membership from a range of statutory, local authority and wildlife charities and is chaired by Gill Bell, Marine Conservation Society.

Do you have a question relating to the work of this group? contact us

If you would like to submit a biodiversity-related or ecosystem approach evidence gap to this group please contact us

If your gap could be addressed through research activity/ a specific research project, please visit the Evidence Gaps Project page and click on the link 'Formulating Questions for Scientific Research'

Species in Wales

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Terrestrial Mammals



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