Boscombe surf reef attracts '100 species'

The artificial surf reef off Boscombe, Dorset The structure was created to enhance waves using 55 giant sand-filled bags

Related Stories

A controversial surf reef off Dorset has attracted more than 100 species, scientists have found.

The £3.2m underwater reef at Boscombe opened in 2009 but has been criticised and is currently closed while repairs and improvements are made.

Researchers at Bournemouth University found the structure has attracted species including algae, molluscs, crustaceans and fish.

The university is studying the reef's biological impact.

Public exhibition

The structure was created to enhance waves using 55 giant sand-filled bags, which are 740ft (225m) out at sea.

ASR Ltd, the firm which built the reef, returned in August to carry out further work but it is unlikely to be finished by the end of the year as the weather deteriorates.

The council has not confirmed whether it has paid New Zealand-based ASR Ltd any of the £150,000 it was withholding until the work was completed.

Bournemouth University has been studying what has developed on the reef since it was installed.

It is hosting an exhibition on its work during a two-day free public event near the reef on 25 and 26 October.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Dorset

Weather

Bournemouth

Min. Night 15 °C

Features

  • RihannaCloud caution

    After celebrity leaks, what can you do to safeguard your photos?


  • Cesc FabregasFair price?

    Have some football clubs overpaid for their new players?


  • Woman and hairdryerBlow back

    Would banning high-power appliances actually save energy?


  • Rack of lambFavourite feast

    Is the UK unusually fond of lamb and potatoes?


  • Members of staff at James Stevenson Flags hold a Union Jack and Saltire flag UK minus Scotland

    Does the rest of the UK care if the Scots become independent?


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.