Archive for the ‘Main’ Category

AVON ESTUARY WATER QUALITY

Click on the following link for an updated message about the estuary’s water quality, biosecurity, etc.

Water quality – November 2018e

Avon runs low

The Environment Agency has two gauging stations for monitoring water levels on the Avon, at Didworthy and Loddiswell.  Data from both indicate a severe reduction in water flow during the current very dry spell of weather, especially in the lower reaches.

On Saturday 21st July, the depth at Didworthy was 0.35m (normal range = 0- 1.4m) and at Loddiswell was 0.19m (normal range = 0.25-1.8m).

 

 

Gravel augmentation helps salmon to breed in upper Avon

A programme of gravel augmentation has been successfully carried out on the upper Avon by the Westcountry Rivers Trust, funded by South West Water, as an extension of collaborative work to improve the riparian environment for fish.   Gravel is an essential component of the salmon breeding grounds but on the Avon these breeding areas have become depleted because the natural flow of gravel downstream is interrupted by the Avon Dam.   Details of the work are available here:-

http://wrt.org.uk/gravel-bringing-salmon-back-to-devon-river/

ACA launches its Sea Moor Lotto page to raise funds for conservation

We have launched our Sea Moor Lotto page to help raise funds in support of our work on the Devon Avon.  Please help by buying a ticket or two.  Click on the link below for more details:-

we-have-launched-on-seamoor-lotto – digital

PLEASE SUPPORT THE ACA VIA SHDC’s SEA MOOR LOTTO

Since it’s foundation, the ACA – an environmental conservation charity focussed on the South Hams’ Avon – has depended exclusively upon limited funds generated by our lifetime membership subscription (only £20 for a family!), occasional charitable donations and money raised through social events. However, our limited income has always somewhat restricted our activities.  So, we applied and have been accepted to be a beneficiary of the new SHDC-sponsored Sea Moor Lotto, which aims to help a variety of local causes.    Now, we need the support of at least 50 donors to derive the maximum benefit from the lottery.  Please help by going to our lotto webpage by typing the following address into your internet search engine: https://www.seamoorlotto.co.uk/support/aune-conservation-association and making a donation.  Look out for the logo – thank you!

Our existing funds are spent upon such activities as: arranging educational workshops for local schools e.g. on South Efford Marsh; organising expert talks on topics of interest (e.g. micro-plastic pollution, water mills of the Avon); supporting the Avon Patrol to prevent unlawful water-based activities such as speeding boats and associated environmental damage in the estuary; participating in the South Devon Catchment Partnership; and organising the Devon Avon Group to improve both the quality and quantity of river water from moor to sea.  However, we’d like to do more with these initiatives and others to help the public enjoy the unspoilt and idyllic environment of our wonderful river and estuary.   For example, with adequate funding, we could arrange for regular independent testing of river water quality (several sewage treatment works discharge into the Avon and phosphate levels below Loddiswell are too high), do more to help the Avon Patrol and, maybe, even improve the Avon Estuary ferry from Cockleridge (Bigbury) to Bantham harbour, which forms an important but under-used link in the SW Coastal Path.

Please help us to do more by buying a ticket or two!