ESTUARY EDGES

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SUMMARY

Replacing brick, concrete, and metal tidal walls with a variety of habitats is what the Estuary Edges project is about. The 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 impact on plants, invertebrates, fish and birds.

Well-planned developments next to our estuaries can create better places to live and work. When reconstructing or refurbishing the banks of an estuary, a 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.

PROJECT GOALS

· Engage developers and councils with best practice for implementing intertidal development and Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)

· Engage developers, the public and local communities on the benefits of these sites to wildlife and human health and wellbeing

· Gather further ecological evidence on the benefits of the sites to wildlife and the array of species that choose to reside there

· Gather data on how these sites change over time, to help build future sites that are climate resilient

· Train students and local communities to monitor the Estuary Edges, as well as providing students with valuable fieldwork skills

KEY PROJECT PARTNERS

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FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to get involved in the surveys or would like any further information, please contact the Estuary Edges Officer, Eve Sanders.