Piel Channel, Barrow in Furness/Morecambe Bay

The Piel Channel Recording & Survey Project

A sketched profile of the Piel Channel showing bottom characteristics and some of the typical species.

Above: General profile of the Piel Channel (click for a larger image).

Location of the Piel Channel.

Since 1989 supporters of the Lancashire Area Local Group have been recording, and photographing the marine life and habitats in the Piel Channel, a narrow, shallow stretch of water that separates Piel and Walney Islands from the Cumbrian mainland. The location is highlighted in the sketch map right, or you can view it in Google Maps by following the link below:

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The following is a list of records up to 2011, the vast majority being records from 1991-1999 by Dr. M S Woombs (WAMarine & Environment).

The list also includes recordings from a survey carried out by J.Clare & D.Jones in 1968.(‘Morecambe Bay’. An Assessment of Present Ecological Knowledge. 1987).

Species list for the Piel Channel

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