Janys Hyde's picture

Help needed

I am not quite certain how I should define the location of my local observations. Maybe someone can help ...
I live on a small island which is inside a lagoon. Should I call that coastal or marine? Bearing in mind that the island is built up and mainly residential. So are we talking urban? Then some of my observations will very likely be made in some of the reclaimed land areas around the lagoon...should they be classed as wetlands? The only one which would seem fairly obvious to me is if I add something from the beach...I assume that would be coastal.
Any help on this one before I get well and truly tangled will be much appreciated!
As silly as this seems, I assume that the difference is fairly important to those who are collecting data for any useful purposes.



miked's picture

coastal would probably fit as

coastal would probably fit as you suggest. other freshwater areas might be 'freshwater' and there may be 'gardens and parks' too

Janys Hyde's picture

Still doubts

Mine is a saltwater lagoon (and canals), but we are a bit short on the ground when it comes to parks - and certainly to freshwater. I shall just have to add details to the location id which might help.

Jonathan's picture

Janys,Your situation is so


Your situation is so particular (Venice! - I am so jealous) that I do not think it can be captured with one 'habitat', but I really would not worry about it too much. The geographic location is the most important thing. A lot of the analysis of biodiversity data is done at a geographic scale where precise habitat is irrelevant. Experts have a pretty good idea of the habitat in which species are found, but distribution is more of an unknown, and of course it changes. You can be sure that observations are valuable (if that is what you are worried about) if you have the right name and an accurate location for them.

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Janys Hyde's picture


Thanks - that certainly makes the task seem less daunting! I was beginning to worry more about the habitat than its inhabitants.