The Swale Estuary Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected

Green

Greater pipefish (Credit Jason Armstrong) Greater pipefish (Credit Jason Armstrong)

Here, greater pipefish, close cousins to the seahorses, come to feed in the shallow water.

Seals use these waters to forage for food, and haul out on Horse Sands to rest at low tide.

Between the north Kent coast and the Isle of Sheppey is an area well known for the birds which come to feed on the abundance of life in and on the rich muddy seabed. Seals also use these waters to forage for food, and haul out on Horse Sands to rest at low tide.

The Swale forms an important spawning and nursery area for several species of fish, which can find shelter in the seagrass and mussel beds in addition to the muddy gravel. Here, greater pipefish, close cousins to the seahorses, come to feed in the shallow water.

Off Whitstable, the famous shingle spit known as‘The Street’ is surrounded by areas of colourful red, green and brown seaweeds and beds of peacock worms with their beautiful whorls of tentacles. 

Dive video of this site

Other nearby sites:

Thanet Coast

Location map

The Swale Estuary recommended MCZ is located in the map below.

Contains UKHO Law of the Sea data. Crown copyright and database right and contains Ordnance Survey Data Crown copyright and database 2012

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