Big Barnacle Count

What? 

Barnacles are common on many shores, but we know very little about individuals among the masses. We are interested in using macro photography to see if we can follow the fates of individuals over a longer time period. In particular, we want to know how individuals cope with extreme weather events.

Who?

Thanks to the “Barny Army”, who have been following and photographing their barnacle spots through this project, we now have hundreds of photos that track the lives of these tiny shore-dwellers.

How? 

Our new online project, “Blame it on the Barnacles” is now live! There are three mini projects to get stuck into - In 'Guess Who' you can identify the barnacle species; 'It's a barnacle' lets you hunt for baby barnacles hiding in the image and finally, 'Life's a beach and then you die...’ asks you to count the dead barnacles.

Why? 

By counting and identifying barnacles in the photographs we will be able to track individuals over time, providing an indication of how climate change might be affecting our coastline.




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