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TIDAL ROAD CLEAN UP – 3.00-4.00pm on 16th MAY 2021

At last we’re able to get outside in a socially distanced way to resume life from where it was suspended over a year ago!
We plan to celebrate by joining a Surfers Against Sewage ‘Million Mile Clean’ initiative to clean up around the Tidal Road.
I’ve signed up for Sunday 16th May from 3-4pm as both the tide and the COVID risk should be very low.
Please join us!
Gather in either the Timbers or Milburn Orchard car parks at either end of the Tidal Road
It will be safest from the COVID standpoint if you can bring your own sacks for rubbish, wear gloves and maintain a sensible distance from others/ wear a mask if you prefer.
Beyond that our usual safety rules still apply as below.
Thanks for your help – I look forward to seeing you  on the day.
Stuart Watts – 01548 810373

AVON ESTUARY-CROWDED WATERS

At an extraordinary meeting of the Avon Estuary Forum on 16th Feb 2021, the issue of the explosion in the popularity of walking along the estuary bed, of outdoor swimming and in the use of SUPs, canoes and kayaks was addressed.

It was agreed:-
1. the buoys and associated signs marking the water ski zone would be renewed with the collaboration of the ski club and the Salcombe Harbourmaster
2. Better communications with the public via social media and with local organisations running courses or hiring equipment would be employed to improve safety and the important matter of biosecurity.

As part of this safety campaign, advisory Codes of Conduct or Tips for Visitors for all three types of activity will be published on the Aune Conservation Association website, accessible via the following QR Code:-

 

The Avon (Aune) Estuary is a priceless environmental asset. It is a County Wildlife Site and Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) with its shallow waters, extensive mudflats, and saltmarshes. All of these features are of exceptional ecological value to important populations of fish, invertebrates, migratory birds and waterfowl.

It is vital these habitats remain undisturbed; educating all estuary users is a first step in managing these areas for the benefit of all. Historically, the Avon Estuary has always been highly valued as a place for quiet contemplation and reflection on natural beauty. All users of the estuary are asked to respect these values: in these difficult COVID times, they are more priceless than ever.

CROWDED WATERS

The Avon (Aune) Estuary is a priceless environmental asset. It is a County Wildlife Site and Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) with its shallow waters, extensive mudflats, and saltmarshes.  All of these features are of exceptional ecological value to important populations of fish, invertebrates, migratory birds and waterfowl.

It is vital these habitats remain undisturbed; educating all estuary users is a first step in managing these areas for the benefit of all.  Historically, the Avon Estuary has always been highly valued as a place for quiet contemplation and reflection on natural beauty.   We would ask all users of the estuary to respect these values: in these difficult times, they are more priceless than ever.

Thanks to COVID-19 and the imposition of Lockdowns restricting some forms of exercise, there has been an explosion in the popularity both of outdoor swimming and in the use of SUPs, canoes and kayaks.    Whilst it is good to see the estuary being enjoyed and appreciated by more of the public,  the unusual intensity of the recreational traffic on the water has highlighted the need for Codes of Conduct because the waters are becoming increasingly crowded with users of varying degrees of experience – some are complete novices and may pose a nuisance or even a danger to themselves, others and the environment.    Biosecurity is an ever present concern with the threat of the import of invasive species from other waterways on contaminated craft or wetsuits.    Suitable Codes are suggested on the following pages (see Navigation Bar on homepage: >CODES OF CONDUCT>WALKERS or >OUTDOOR SWIMMING or >BOATERS (SUPs, CANOES & KAYAKS) or >BIOSECURITY

 

Recreational risks from river & estuary pollution of the Devon Avon (Aune)

The ACA has long been concerned about the potential hazards of recreational use of the Avon Estuary, despite it being swept by tides twice per day (>ECOLOGY>WATER QUALITY).   The Sewage Treatment Works at Aveton Gifford and other sources of pollution, as described in the Rivers Trust website (see link below) are unpredictable sources of water pollution.  Using rivers for swimming, paddling, fishing and playing is fantastically rewarding and good for our health, but like all outdoor sports, carries an element of risk. There is no public health monitoring of river water quality in the UK, so this map (see link below) will help river users weigh up the risk before taking to the water. It shows some of the sources of pathogens (bacteria or viruses) in rivers which can cause illnesses. The Rivers Trust is calling on all river users to join us in tackling these issues.

Use the Search box to find your location or zoom on the map to see the locations of discharges from the sewerage network which are entering rivers. Avoid entering the water immediately downstream of these discharges, especially after it has been raining. Click the Legend and different symbol information buttons or click symbols on the map to popup information about the types of risks. Use the Layer List button to see other layers, including river flow direction so you can check whether the discharges are upstream of your location.

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=a6dd42e3bc264fc28134c64c00db4a5b&extent=-401307.0872%2C6628364.5565%2C-130261.3849%2C6788576.5678%2C102100

 

Many factors are not possible to show on a map. These include timings and locations of agricultural pollutions, discharges from badly connected household appliances and hidden septic tanks which are not in our datasets. This is why we can never be 100% sure that a location is safe for swimming or recreational access.

Stolen Rib Boat – Tidal Road

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information in connection with a report of theft of a boat from the area of Tidal Road, Aveton Giffon, Kingsbridge.

This took place sometime between Sunday 14 and Monday 15 June 2020.

A Honway T40 4 meter rib boat was stolen, along with a 30HP outboard engine, 2 x paddles and anchor.

If you have any information or have any CCTV in the area please phone 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime CR/048151/20.

Thank you.