Sunset over the waders, Winter afternoon at Oare KWT reserve
Credit: Jim Higham

Intertidal mudflats and coastal saltmarsh

2025 target

Create 50 ha of net gain for both habitats combined.

Current resource (Kent Habitat Survey 2012)

10,078 ha UK BAP priority habitat Intertidal mudflats;

1338 ha UK BAP priority habitat coastal saltmarsh


The KNP partners are committed to protecting these habitats where feasible and through shoreline management plans and strategies. The target of 50 ha for coastal saltmarsh & intertidal mud (a shared target) is based on coastal squeeze affecting designated sites; this target requires considerable landowner cooperation and therefore requires a suitably lengthy timeframe for delivery. In addition to the creation target for this habitat, the Strategy also aims to ensure that sensitive areas and the species they support are protected from recreational disturbance.