ABOUT MSEP

We are a not-for profit organisation established in 2000, whose work is centred around the understanding, conservation and promotion of the estuary’s natural and historical environments.

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The partnership currently consists of the following organisations:

Elmley National Nature Reserve – An independent nature reserve and working family farm, where farming and conservation go hand in hand.

Environment Agency – An executive non-departmental public body, working to create better places for people and wildlife and support sustainable development.

Faversham Creek Trust – An independent, non-political, not-for-profit community enterprise, whose aim is to restore Faversham Creek as a working waterway.

Kent County Council – Governs most of the county, under which are 12 district councils and around 300 town and parish councils.

Kent & Essex IFCA – Established to sustainably manage local inshore fisheries resources and protect its diverse marine environment.

Kent Police Search & Marine Unit – Focusing on counter-terrorism, the protection of critical waterside sites and tackling serious organised crime.

Kent Wildlife Trust – A leading conservation charity covering the whole of Kent and Medway. Of its 55 reserves, Oare Marshes is its principal site within the north Kent marshes area.

Kent Wildfowling & Conservation Association – Britain’s largest wildfowling club, owning and managing over 13,000 acres of land in the south and east of the country.

Medway Council – A unitary authority created in 1998, replacing Rochester-upon-Medway City Council and Gillingham Borough Council. It manages Riverside Country Park situated alongside the estuary at Lower Rainham.

Medway & Swale Boating Association – With over 4,000 members, the association was established to ‘To promote and protect boating on the tidal Medway and Swale’.

Natural England – An executive non-departmental public body, which advises the government on protecting England’s natural environment.

Peel Ports London Medway – The statutory harbour authority for the Medway and Swale.

Rochester Oyster & Floating Fishery – A working guild of free fishermen, that can trace its origins back to 1446, when Henry VI granted a Royal Charter to the ‘Bailif and Citizens of the City of Rochester’.

RSPB – The country’s largest nature conservation charity, working to promote conservation and protect wildlife. It has over 200 nature reserves across the country, including Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill on the Hoo Peninsula.

Swale Borough Council – One of 12 district authorities in Kent, its area includes the principal towns of Sittingbourne and Faversham, where it also manages Oare Gunpowder Works.

Latest Posts
  • The Cambria Trust – Volunteers wanted

    Established in 1990, the Cambria Trust is dedicated to preserving the Cambria, a wooden Thames sailing barge built at Greenhithe in 1906 and famed as the last British registered vessel to carry a commercial cargo under sail alone (until 1970). Now fully restored, the trust is looking for......

  • A Merry Perambulation

    As part of Kent’s Coastal Week 2012, the partnership commissioned local writer Carol Donaldson to follow in the footsteps of William Hogarth and friends, journey across north Kent in 1732. To celebrate the publication of Carol’s debut book On the Marshes, we have decided to make......

  • Guardians of the Deep – HLF success

    We are delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to support Guardians of the Deep, a three year project that aims to engage local communities, businesses and visitors by raising awareness of Kent’s important marine habitats and promoting an active and on-going guardianship role to protect them......