Another Place

With permission from the Sefton Coast Council and using data collected previously with funding from the British Ecological Society, the URBANE team have analysed the factors affecting settlement and recruitment of the invasive barnacle species Austrominius modestus on man-made structures using 100 life-size cast-iron statues (an installation by sculptor Antony Gormley (Turner prize winner 1994)) distributed at various tidal heights along approximately three kilometres of the foreshore at Crosby Beach, Liverpool. The distribution of the barnacles can be predicted using factors such as height above sea level, location, exposure level, aspect and topographic complexity, and the species rapidly re-colonises any areas of the statues that are disturbed. This research has shed light on the potential role of manmade structures in aiding the spread of non-native invasive species such as A. modestus.