Broadscale surveys

Rock pools are very important habitats and generally support greater biodiversity than adjacent emergent rock habitats. Photo: L. Firth

The URBANE team have carried out surveys in a range of different locations comprising both natural and artificial habitats to address a range different questions:

  1. Does diversity and community structure differ among natural and artificial habitats?
  2. Does diversity and community structure differ with small-scale features of habitat such as aspect, inclination and microhabitat?
  3. Are invasive species more prevalent in artificial habitats than natural habitats?
Artificial structures commonly support greater numbers of non-native species than natural habitats. The invasive alga Sargassum muticum on groynes outside Poole Harbour. Photo: L. Firth