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The Devon Avon is becoming increasingly popular for outdoor or ‘wild’ swimming but many swimmers seem oblivious to the dangers posed by their poor visibility to power boat owners, in particular.  If you are wearing a dark wet suit, you will be almost invisible to boat users down at water level, especially if the water is choppy.  Please consider your personal safety when swimming in open water that is used for other recreational activities.   Although organised events such as the Bantham ‘Swoosh’ are well organised and supervised from a safety viewpoint, wild swimming websites generally offer extensive personal safety advice (see, for example, ) with surprisingly little mention made of the need to make yourself visible by wearing brightly coloured headgear, for example.

Swimmers personal safety is their own responsibility.

Consultation about designating the Devon Avon Estuary as a new Marine Conservation Zone

DEFRA is consulting until 20th July 2018 about designating new Marine Conservation Zones, seeking any fresh information that might influence the decision.  The summary sheet for the Avon Estuary proposal is available here – Devon Avon Estuary Factsheet

At present, the proposal does not include South Efford Marsh or the full extension of the Bass Nursery Zone out to Burgh Island.

The ACA, unsurprisingly, fully supports such a designation and our suggested modifications as a means of protecting the marine life of the estuary from unwarranted change, development or exploitation.

Our formal response is available for inspection here :- MCZ – Devon Avon Estuary

DEFRA reply – All responses will be considered before Ministers make their final decisions on which sites will be designated in the third tranche. We aim to designated this tranche within 12 months. Final decisions on which sites will be designated will take into account any relevant information submitted as part of this consultation. We will publish details of evidence received and a full Government response to these together with the final decisions on each site within 12 months. This will be placed on the consultations section of the Government web site.


ACA accepted into SeaMoor Lotto

The Aune Conservation Association has been accepted as a worthy participant in the SeaMoor Lotto.   Click on the link below, to find out more.
You may even wish to buy a few tickets after the 27th June 2018 launch date.  If so, don’t forget to nominate  the ACA as a good local cause!


Notice of AGM – Thursday 24th May 2018

This is formal notice that the 2018 AGM of the ACA will be held on Thursday 24th May at 7.00pm  in the Fisherman’s Rest, Aveton Gifford.

Copies of the 2017 AGM Minutes and 2017EOY Accounts will be available at the meeting.

As always, Committee members must retire and, if they so wish, stand for re-election at the AGM. Our current Committee is willing to stand again en masse 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.  It is no criticism of our current committee to point out that an injection of fresh ideas is always welcome.

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 talk about ‘Microplastics in the Aquatic Environment’  by Dr Pennie Lindeque of the Plymouth Marine Labs.  Pennie is a  renowned expert on the bioavailability and impact of microplastic in our oceans, a topic of immense topical interest and concern, worldwide.  She is also a Bigbury resident and ACA member.

The evening will be topped off with a light buffet.   This year, for the first time, we shall be asking for donations to help with the cost of the food and hire of the room.

We look forward to seeing you on 24th May.


Dear ACA member

I’m sorry to trouble you with this chore but would you please respond to the following request to confirm your continuing membership of the ACA.    You may well have received similar recent requests from other organisations and an explanation is offered in the document below (see link).  NB This is not some internet ‘phishing’ expedition!