Management of UK Coastal Habitats


Given the threats to coastal habitats, it is often necessary to undertake some form of management to improve or maintain their condition. There are a number of sources of information to guide such action, examples of which are outlined below.


Management guidance and best practice


JNCC Habitat Management Search Engine

JNCC has developed a customised search engine,  Habitat Management on the Web which is designed to direct users to information about how to manage UK terrestrial and freshwater habitats for biodiversity conservation.


Annex I Management Models

The European Commission has published Management Models for Annex I Habitats, including some coastal examples. Each document includes information on the distribution, ecological requirements of the habitat, main trends and threats. Relevant management actions and prescriptions are described in detail. Main constraints, risks and modifiers of the proposed management have been also included. Finally, relevant parameters for cost estimates, cost estimate examples and potential sources of EU financing are illustrated.


Living with the Sea: Coastal Habitat Restoration

As part of the Living with the Sea project, Natural England published a Coastal Habitat Restoration Guide in 2003, specifically designed to provide information to help deliver coastal habitat restoration, re-creation and creation.


Saltmarsh Management Manual

Defra and the Environment Agency published a  Saltmarsh Management Manual in 2007, which is intended to be the first point of reference for all those involved in the management, maintenance and restoration of saltmarshes, especially saltmarshes which form an integral component of flood and coastal defence systems.


Coastal Guide

The Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) has published a Coastal Guide, aimed at professionals in coastal management, planning, conservation and research in Europe.


Coastal Habitat Management for Invertebrates

Buglife has produced guidance for the management of BAP Priority Habitats for invertebrates, including on Coastal Saltmarsh, Coastal Sand Dunes, Coastal Vegetated Shingle and Maritime Cliffs and Slopes.