Archive for December, 2009


We are planning another  New Year’s Day clean up of rubbish from around the river downstream of Aveton Gifford for 2010.  The last couple of clean ups on NYD have proved a popular means of blowing away those party cobwebs.  LW will be around noon  so we shall gather at Timbers car park and Stakes Road for a 1100 start on this coming Friday.    Please come along and feel free to bring your friends.

The ACA can supply rubbish bags and lightweight plastic gloves, courtesy of SHDC, but if you have any strong bags and thick gloves you might prefer to use those.  Please come prepared to get muddy, wet and cold!  Tough, waterproof footwear is also advisable.

As in the past, we are hoping that SHDC will agree to pick up the assembled pile of full bags from both the Timbers and Stakes Road car parks as soon as possible after NYD.

If you prefer to use Bantham as a base, any bags for collection should be left at the top of the harbour slip road.  However, we shall be arranging a separate Cockleridge collection later in January as part of our  Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Adoptabeach’ collaboration.

With best wishes for a happy and environmentally prosperous New Year.


Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT)  is developing plans for a ‘Landscape Project’ within the Avon Valley.   The plans were meant to be presented at the recent Avon Estuary Forum but circumstances prevailed against this.   I have since obtained an outline of what is being proposed; the following is a short excerpt. 

‘The project seeks to rebuild biodiversity in the valley through supporting local landowners, in part through maintaining and improving economic viability of small farms and land holdings.  This will be achieved through investigating the possibility of new markets (e.g. developing markets for local small scale woodland management) and through assisting in returning marginal semi-natural grassland into productive agricultural activity.   Some of the benefits to the local area will be assisting in maintaining and developing the economic returns from land management; maintaining and improving the landscape character of what is already a stunning area of Devon; improving water quality of the River Avon with associated benefits to fisheries and tourism.’

The ACA is particularly interested in the  activities underlined (my emphasis) and in the application of appropriate  biological and chemical  measures for assessing any improvement in water quality.  We have registered our interest in the project with DWT and hope to collaborate in its design and implementation as discussions proceed.


Although it might not be the most popular time of year to be playing on the beach, South West Water have provided us with a copy of a Health Protection Agency leaflet concerning beach health, as below.   Apparently, this leaflet was made  generally available to beach visitors over the summer.  You may not have seen it.

Much of the advice might also be considered of relevance to anybody splashing around in the river – especially after a Combined Sewage Overflow event !

Click here for details:- Beach Safety Leaflet