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‘BEACH CLEAN’ OF THE TIDAL ROAD

Our clean up of the Tidal Road on 16th May in collaboration with SAS went ahead despite the unpredictable weather.  Many thanks to the 20 plus people who turned out and were able to enjoy the first opportunity for over a year to engage with people outside their COVID bubbles.

Marine Crime

Between 15th April 2021 and 21st April 2021 at least two Outboard engines were stolen from the racks behind the Boat House at Salcombe Boat House, Salcombe Yacht Club Salcombe.  Please ensure that all engines are locked, marked and you have the seriel numbers, if possible please take your valuables home.
Anything suspicious seen please report via 101,  Crimestoppers any information to OIC PC 10901 Jo Pengilly work mobile 07921061657 non emergency only.    CR/031991/21Email tracking gif

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