Greening the Grey for the Blue

12 July 2018
Claire Hector

A set of 5 built intertidal habitat features designed by Artecology and installed at a major ferry terminal are providing new integrated green-grey infrastructure and ecological gains for the marine environment.

Wightlink, working with Arc and consulting marine ecologists ABPMer, on their application for upgraded port facilities, were looking for an opportunity to extend habitat mitigation work into net gain & long-term biological enhancement of their Fishbourne terminal on the Isle of Wight.

Artecology proposed & designed an artificial rockpool installation which was made and installed in June 2017.

The Vertipools were surveyed at the end of the first year by Bournemouth University and are producing phenomenal results!  29 species in total were recorded by Dr Alice Hall and Ian Boyd including sea spiders and sponges. Read Wightlink’s own report below:

Wightlink’s vertipools amaze marine biologists