Archive for June, 2010

1997 AVON VALLEY ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

A full ecological assessment of the Avon Valley was last carried out in 1997 for South Hams District Council.   The assessment relies on analysis of aerial photographs which were followed up by surveys on the ground and it extends the results of a previous (1992) survey.  For the most part, the report  is a general classification of types of habitat and recommendations for their management  rather than a detailed description of the flora and fauna to be found in these habitats.    However, most of its general conclusions are as relevant today as they were 13 years ago.  Some of the recommendations have been carried out or are included for action in the management plans of the AONB and Estuary, respectively.  See the ECOLOGY page of this website for a copy of the report.

HAZELWOOD HOUSE – ‘BALSAM BASH’

For a brief report of our visit to Hazelwood House on 23rd June 2010, click here -HAZELWOOD HOUSE

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY CONSULTATION ON SOUTH EFFORD MARSH

Click here  -EA poster – South Efford consultation - for the poster advertising the EA’s consultation event on their plans for South Efford marsh.

Also see the POST below for the ACA’s viewpoint on the future of the marsh.

THE FUTURE OF SOUTH EFFORD MARSH

Following the purchase of South Efford marsh by the Environment Agency, there will be a meeting on 7th July 2010 to discuss the future of the marsh.   Details about the meeting, some background information and the ACA committee’s views are available by clicking here – South Efford marsh

AVON SALT MARSH STUDY

In 2005, a study of the three main areas of salt marsh in the estuary was commissioned by the AONB as an adjunct to the ACA’s Siltation Research Project.   The report on the salt marsh areas has now been included on the ECOLOGY page with the associated maps.