The purpose of this review is a brief synopsis of scientific understanding and expert opinion on rocky shores under the headings given by each chapter title. The intended audience for the report is conservation practitioners. The aim is therefore to provide the reader with sufficient information on the value of and threats to rocky shores in order to identify conservation objectives and choose efficient, workable methods for monitoring shores and implementing conservation measures. The UK Marine SAC project is discussed as a means of protecting marine environments.

Nature and importance of rocky littoral habitats

Distribution and status of rocky littoral habitats

The MNCR biotope classification