Estuary Edges

Estuary Edges

About Estuary Edges
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About us

Replacing brick, concrete, and metal tidal walls with a variety of habitats is what the Estuary Edges project is about. This Estuary Edges website is a ‘how to’ guide on ecological design for softening these ‘edges’ to encourage wildlife into urban estuaries. In our case study estuary, the Thames, only around 2% of the edges are natural. Increasing the habitat along the edges will have a significant positive ecological impact on plants, invertebrates, fish and birds.

The Thames Estuary Partnership co-ordinated this project with the Environment Agency, Port of London Authority, Tideway, Jacobs and the Institute of Fisheries Management. It reviews and replaces the 2008 guidance which was produced with the Port of London AuthorityEnvironment AgencyNatural EnglandLondon Wildlife TrustThames Gateway South Essex, EDAWRSPBEssex Wildlife TrustKent Wildlife TrustBuglife and Greater London Authority Biodiversity Team. It wishes to thank all organisations which helped provide access to the case study sites listed

Our Vision

Well-planned developments next to our estuaries can create better places to live and work.

When reconstructing or refurbishing the banks of an estuary, your project should include features that support wildlife, improve public access and educate people about the importance of protecting the environment whilst measuring the improvement in these three areas.

Photos on front page provided by Port of London Authority, Clearwater Photography and Environment Agency.