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BEACH CLEAN: Bigbury-on-Sea

If you’d like to help keep the beaches around the estuary free of  rubbish, you can come along on Saturday 30th September at 10.00am for a 1 – hour beach clean.  The event is being organised by Amanda Keetley from ‘Less Plastic’ in association with ‘Surfers against Sewage’ and is being supported by Venus cafe, who will be providing free tea/coffee for volunteers (please BYO reusable mug!).

Meet on the beach below the free (surfers) car park, at the bottom of Folly Hill at 10.00am.   HW will be around 1350.  Please come suitably attired and observe our usual safety precautions (see guidelines at http://auneconservation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/ACA-BEACH-CLEANS3.pdf).  Gloves and bags will be provided.

Here is the link on Amanda’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/319088615222660

I hope to see you there!

The lime kilns of South Devon – an illustrated talk: 7.00pm, 7th September

See link for details

 

http://www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/explore/events/the-lime-kilns-of-south-devon

AONB – BIOSECURITY IN SOUTH HAMS’ RIVER ESTUARIES

The ACA has collaborated with the AONB Estuaries Partnership in producing a new biosecurity plan, available on the link below, to help stop the spread of marine non-native species in our South Hams estuaries..  Please read it and take note.

The risks of an invasive non-native species in the Avon are relatively low owing to the regular flushing of the estuary by freshwater but with increases in the number of people and craft using the estuary for recreational purposes, the danger is still present.  Please be vigilant and take any relevant precautions, as advised in the plan.

The effects of invasion by Spartina or cord grass in the Avon Estuary after artificial introduction by Man are all too evident in the steady accumulation of silt and mud.   Multiplication of the Pacific Oyster outside of the farmed racks in our estuary is prevented by limiting the externally-sourced juveniles to triploid (infertile) individuals.

See the full plan here:-

Salcombe Biosecurity Plan

ACA AGM – 2017

To all ACA members:-

This is formal notice that the 2017 AGM of the ACA will be held on Thursday 25th May at 7.00pm  in the Fisherman’s Rest, Aveton Gifford.

Copies of the 2016 AGM Minutes and 2016 EOY Accounts will be available at the meeting.

All Committee members must retire and, if they so wish, stand for re-election at the AGM. Our current Committee is willing to stand again and consists of Ros Brousson (Secretary & Treasurer; Aveton Gifford), Mary Clark (Woodleigh), Ryan Hooper (Bantham), Mike Cooper (Loddiswell), Peter Marsh (Bigbury), Bill Starey (AG), Stuart Watts (Chairman; Bigbury), and Eric White (AG). Our Constitution specifies no maximum number of committee members and if you would like to stand you should complete the attached Nomination Form and return it to me prior to the AGM.  Any new nominations must be proposed and seconded by ACA members to be valid.  All committees benefit from an injection of fresh talent from time to time!

The Committee very much hopes you will be able to come to the AGM.  However, if this is not possible please let one of us have your views on any matters concerning the ACA and we will make sure they are raised at the meeting.

This year, the formal business of the AGM will be followed by a slide show about the estuary by Mike Wynne-Powell of Ringmore.    Mike, an ACA member, is Chairman of the Kingsbridge & District Camera Club and is renowned for the high artistic and insightful quality of his photographic work.

The evening will be topped off with a light buffet for which there will be no charge.

We look forward to seeing you on 25th May.

Upper estuary improvement by Bantham Estate

Following the purchase by the Bantham Estate of Little Marsh, on the bridge at Aveton Gifford, we are pleased to point out the significant clearance of boat ‘junk’ and potential pollutants of the upper estuary from around the foreshore.

The ACA continues to work with the Estate  towards achieving a common understanding of the future for the estuary; a future that will conserve and improve the unspoilt character of this beautiful idyll.