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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In March 2011, the government announced that it would fundamentally review its river basin planning strategy (see latest River Basin Management Plans) in the context of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD). As part of this review, Defra launched its pilot phase of the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA), aimed at providing a clear understanding of the issues in a catchment and to involve local communities in the decision-making process. For north Kent, the process is being undertaken by the North Kent Catchment Improvement Group, jointly hosted by the South East Rivers Trust and the Medway Swale Estuary Partnership.


Since its establishment, the group has collected data from across the area in order to develop a draft catchment plan for north Kent, covering both the estuary and its freshwater tributaries.



Getting involved


Comment of the draft action plan


Once approved by the Catchment Improvement Group, the plan will go out to public consultation in early 2018. If you would like to receive a copy of either or both of the plans, email us at: msep@medway.gov.uk




Many of the actions identified so far, require volunteer assistance. If you would like to help us improve the estuary or any of the watercourses highlighted on the map below, then we would love to here from you at the above e-mail address.


Project Area 



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Medway Swale Estuary


Ecological Status* – Moderate


The estuary is of international importance to wildlife, supporting huge populations wintering waders and wildfowl, but faces a complex array of issues, that will take time and resources to address successfully. However, with key issues such as invasive species and pollution, volunteers can play an important role in improving the estuary’s health. You can find the latest catchment data for the estuary here.


1- Swale Tributary – Lower Halstow (also once known as The Libbet)


Ecological Status – Moderate


We’ve yet to start work on developing projects here, but hope to during 2018. So please get in touch if you can assist us.


2 – The Iwade Stream – Iwade


Ecological Status – Moderate


With the support of the parish council and Swale Borough Council, we are putting together a master plan for the village’s community area, which includes the Iwade stream and an adjacent traditional orchard.


3 – The Westbrook – Faversham


Ecological Status – Moderate


Using the draft plan, we have identified a number key actions for the stream and working alongside the Friends of the Westbrook Stream, are developing a number of projects to take forward. You can find out more about the friends and their work here .


4 – The White Drain – Boughton-under-Blean


Ecological Status – Poor


Whilst we are primarily working alongside landowners adjacent to the stream, there are still areas where we would like to involve the local community, so please get in touch if you would like to assist us.



*According to Water Framework Directive measures. Ecological status describes the degree to which human uses of the water environment have altered the structure and functioning of aquatic plant and animal communities. Water bodies are assigned one of five ecological status classes: ‘high’, ‘good’, ‘moderate’, ‘poor’ and ‘bad’. ‘High’ ecological status represents an ecology relatively undisturbed by man. ‘Good’ ecological status means that human activities have had only slight impacts on the ecological characteristics of aquatic plants and animal communities.