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Aberystwyth Uni hopes tiles can attract marine life

Few creatures can call artificial structures such as sea walls and breakwaters home.

But scientists at Aberystwyth University believe they have found a way of attracting marine wildlife to these man-made shores.

Using 3D printers to produce moulds, they have created tiles that provide the "nooks and crannies" normally found on natural rocky reef habitat on a sea wall in Borth, Ceredigion.

"It's like a tiling job with a difference," said Dr Pippa Moore.

If successful, the Ecostructure Project could be rolled out along the Welsh coast and beyond.