Fact Sheets & Newsletters

Ecostructure is developing a number of resources for you to learn about and explore your coast. Below you’ll find field guides and fact sheets that are free to download. Use them on the web, download to use them in your classroom, or share them with your friends to spread the word about eco-engineering, climate change, and biodiversity. You can also find our annual project newsletters to learn more about what Ecostructure is researching.

2021 Project Newsletter

Read about our progress in 2021 in our 5th annual project newsletter! 

Download our Coastal Invasive Species fact sheet via the buttons at right.

Invasive Species Fact Sheet

The introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive non-native species presents one of the biggest global threats to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Invasive species have a tendency to spread to the point that they threaten the survival of native wildlife or damage the environment, economy, or human health. We’ve created a fact sheet to help you learn more about marine invasive species, what we’re researching, and what you can do to prevent their spread. Print this fact sheet for your students, organisation or business, or just have a read through yourself by clicking the buttons below.

eDNA and DNA Barcoding

Much of Ecostructure’s research involves the use of environmental DNA, or eDNA, and DNA barcoding. Learn about these two concepts and how we employ them in this fact sheet pack, suitable for young adults and adults who want to learn more about how genetics is used to identify marine invasive nonnative species. Download the fact sheets in English and Welsh below.

Download our Seashore Snail Guide via the buttons at right.

Seashore Snail Field Guide

As part of our Seashore Snail Survey, we’ve created this handy field guide to help you identify rocky shore snails along the coast. Learn to spot the dogwhelk, purple topshell, and toothed topshell with this printable guide.

Learn more about the survey and submit your observations of seashore snails that you spot to the Ecostructure Observatory at ecostructureproject.eu/projects/changing-sealife.

Carpet Sea Squirt Fact Sheet + Crossword​

The Carpet Sea Squirt (Didemnum vexillum) is an invasive marine species originally from Japan that is beginning to spread along the Irish and Welsh coasts. As part of our research, we’re investigating:

  • What might be causing it to spread?
  • Does it use hard structures along the coast to expand its range? 
  • Do certain populations have genetic adaptations that allow them to spread more rapidly?

To learn more about the Carpet Sea Squirt, view or download the following fact sheet, which comes with an accompanying crossword for testing your knowledge. 

More to come!

We'll be adding more resources soon. Follow along with us on Twitter to be informed about the latest resources and project updates: twitter.com/ecostructure_