Estuary Edges

Replacing concrete riverbanks with natural habitats is what the Estuary Edges project is about. The Estuary Edges Guidance document is a ‘how to’ guide on ecological design for soft natural riverbank edges to encourage wildlife on the Thames. In the Thames Estuary only around 2% of the tidal banks are natural. Increasing natural riverbanks will have a significant positive ecological impact on the river and will help restore fish stocks.

The Thames Estuary Partnership co-ordinated this river bank project with the Environment Agency, Natural England, London Wildlife Trust, Thames Gateway South Essex, EDAW, RSPB, Essex Wildlife Trust, Kent Wildlife Trust, Buglife, Greater London Authority Biodiversity Team and the Port of London Authority.

Estuary Edges Guidance Document:

  1. introduction
  2. policy_legal_and_planning_requirements
  3. design_considerations
  4. the_designs
  5. bioengineered_designs
  6. structurally_engineered_designs
  7. aftercare_and_monitoring
  8. further_information

This guidance has been developed by the Environment Agency in partnership with 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.