IOW Natural History & Archaeological Society Marine Invertebrate Records 1853- 2011
Records of cnidaria, decadopa and echinoderms for shores and inshore waters in the vicinity of the Isle of Wight. Some data is historical but new sightings are being added to the dataset. Therefore it is not yet complete.
Isle of Wight and nearby waters. The records are largely ad-hoc and coverage is incomplete. The records in this dataset were provided with four or six figure grid-references but these grid references refer to the approximate central location of sites and hence may not represent the actual location of the species occurrence.
The majority of the records have come from volunteers as part of the activities of the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society whose objectives include the promotion and advancement of the study of the flora, faua geology and archaeology of the county.
Records from 1980s and onwards have been checked and confirmed by a local expert; prior to this the records have been scrutinised and assisgned to taxons in line with recent taxomonic developments
Historic data before 1970s has come from books and journals. Data from the last 40 years has mostly come from ad hoc field survey by local experts and enthusiasts, though there have been some targetted surveys, including surveys done for the Nature Conservancy Council
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