Compton Freshwater Vertipools

Objectives: 

- Create a land-to-sea transitional habitat that will support marine and terrestrial life

- Experiment with design and structure to explore the behaviour and adaptability of a highly disturbed freshwater environment contrasting to a more undisturbed environment of both fresh and saltwater inputs

- Create a hotspot area of engagement on the National Trust owned beach to inform of the habitats present on this coast and expose it more to the public 

Collaborations: 

National Trust | Crown Park | Isle of Wight Council | Island Roads | Natural England

 

Methods of Design and Installation 

The pools were designed to be an intermediate between Boscombe and Bouldnor pools, with varying deep incised patterns on the exterior and a shelved structure on the interior. 

The pools were installed on the newly fitted Gabions at the coast in 2 row arrays, the upper row to catch the majority of the freshwater outflow and the lower row to catch overflow from the pools and irregular saltwater inputs. This will create a a significant difference in habitats and is predicted to be evident with the adaptability of the organisms that will colonise the pools.

Bee Blocks

In addition to the pools a collection of solitary bee blocks were also installed at the cliff edge above from the vertipool arrays. The bee blocks were constructed of concrete blocks with small holes drilled in. 

Around and on the blocks, native coastal flora was planted to attract the site as a habitat and offer the optimal combination of food and shelter for the bees. 

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Results and Developments 

Currently (July 2017) we are waiting for an agreed research project to be organised between a university or other research body. Please contact Ian Boyd if this research opportunity interests you! ian@arc-consulting.co.uk