Medway Estuary and Marshes

Year of compilation: 2007

Site description
The Medway estuary forms a single tidal system with the Swale and joins the Thames estuary between the Isle of Grain and Sheerness. It has a complex arrangement of tidal channels, which drain around large islands of saltmarsh and grazing-marsh. The mudflats support extensive beds of algae and eel-grass Zostera. The IBA is important for wintering and passage wildfowl. Terns and gulls breed on saltmarsh islands, and wildfowl breed on the grazing-marshes.

Key biodiversity

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Medway Estuary and Marshes. Downloaded from on 26/10/2020.