Estuary edges: ecological design guidance

How your estuary edge development can protect and enhance the local environment.

Welcome to Estuary Edges: Ecological Design Guidance, which shows you how you can make a positive contribution to one of our most important environmental and social assets – our estuaries.

Well-planned estuary edges can protect and enhance the local environment. They can support wildlife, improve public access and educate people about the importance of the environment. This guidance looks at a wide range of opportunities and constraints before looking into detail at four key approaches to estuary bank design. It has been developed by a team of engineers and ecologists.

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This guidance has been developed by the Environment Agency through a project co-ordinated and steered by the Thames Estuary Partnership.

The lead authors of the guidance, under contract, are Biodiversity by Design Ltd, Salix River and Wetlands Services Ltd, Beckett Rankine Ltd and EcoSchemes Ltd.

The following organisations were also involved in producing this guidance: Natural England, London Wildlife Trust, Thames Gateway South Essex, EDAW, RSPB, Essex Wildlife Trust, Kent Wildlife Trust, Buglife, Greater London Authority Biodiversity Team, Port of London Authority.

We would like to thank the following people and organisations for the use of their photographs: Thames Estuary Partnership, Hugh Ellis, Salix, Biodiversity by Design, Mike Wells, J Lawrence, Living Roofs, Jim Andrews.