On Sunday I had the great pleasure of being out on the Medway Estuary for most of the day, exploring the creeks and islands in search of wildlife.
The Medway Estuary was designated a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) back in 2013, and within the site there is a complex and dynamic ecosystem. The mix of fresh and sea waters combined with tidal movement create changing levels of salinity and nutrients that provide a fertile environment for large populations of animals, particularly invertebrates, fish and birds.
On Sunday, a number of different species were recorded, with birding highlights being a wide variety of waders, black-necked Grebe, red-breasted mergansers, peregrine, and rough-legged buzzard, amongst many other species. At least 5 common, or harbour, seals were seen too, which was fantastic!
Numerous species of commercially important fish including bass, herring, cod, plaice and sole use the Medway Estuary as a nursery ground, and so form quite a banquet for seals, and predatory bird species.