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Biodiversity Action Plan - October 2003
Section 2 - Biodiversity Audit
SECTION 2: BIODIVERSITY AUDIT
Major gaps and constraints
The marine environment is much less surveyed and understood than on land, and we do not know the distribution of many important marine habitats and species, much less potentially damaging operations and management requirements
We also know very little about the distribution of groups such as insects and fungi, which are less popular and easily identifiable than flowers and vertebrates, but are nonetheless very important components of our natural systems. Bacteria and other micro-organisms play a much bigger role in the function of ecosystems than hitherto acknowledged, and yet we still know relatively little about bacteria and interactions within the food web, for example, in Sutherland.