Archive for July, 2011

RAM ROAST 29th July 2011

Our luck held and, true to form, the sun shone for yet another spectacular ram roast overlooking the Avon Estuary.

All attending appreciated anew the need to look after this wonderful river in all its aspects.

Cockleridge beach clean: July 23rd 2011 – report

Sorting, counting and recording on Cockleridge - July 2011

Another sunny afternoon collecting rubbish on the beach at Cockleridge yielded around six sacks of assorted junk, mostly small pieces of plastic and bits of netting  There were also plenty of cotton bud sticks, that perfect marker for sewage; these items are frequently flushed away without a thought.



A typical catch!

Our next beach clean on Cockleridge will take place on Saturday 23rd July from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.

Everybody is welcome to come and help but we can’t accept responsibility for unaccompanied minors.  Please wear appropriate, stout  footwear and gloves.  Some rubbish bags will be provided but if you have any large plastic sacks, bring them along.  High tide will be around 11.30am so it should be possible to walk around the shoreline from Bigbury on Sea.



‘Moor to Sea’ exhibition

Friday 15th July saw the culmination of the ACA’s highly successful primary school project, ‘Moor to Sea’, with an exhibition of the work of children from 4 schools (South Brent, Loddiswell, Aveton Gifford and Thurlestone)  in Aveton Gifford village hall.

The project was conceived and funded by the ACA with support from the South Devon AONB Unit, which supplied 50% of the funding, to introduce the concept of one river flowing in highly variable form from Dartmoor to the sea,  characterised by different types of plants and animals along its length.   Maya Plass of ‘Learn to Sea’ ran the project for the ACA, taking each of the schools on a field trip to their local ‘patch’ of the Avon to see what wildlife they could find, followed by after school sessions  to develop and create pictures for a competition.  The difficult assessment of the content and presentation of the excellent, imaginative exhibits was carried out by Gordon Waterhouse (well known local naturalist), Don Gaskins (tutor with Devon Rural Skills Trust) and Stuart Watts (ACA Chairman) with the unanimous verdict that the winning school was Aveton Gifford.

The participating schools will be given £50 worth of field studies kit and Aveton Gifford school will be awarded £200 for field studies materials!

A brief slide show of the four presentations from the exhibition can be viewed by clicking on the following link:-

ACA’s primary school project – ‘Moor to Sea’

You can find Maya’s own inspirational blog about the project at  –



The flooding of South Efford Marsh

In a public ceremony on 8th July, the new tidal gate on South Efford Marsh was opened by the Environment Agency to allow sea water to inundate the freshwater grazing marsh.  The development of a saltmarsh habitat will be managed and monitored for the Environment Agency by Devon Wildlife Trust.  Public access to the new nature reserve will be permitted but in a controlled manner, yet to be determined.

Some slides of the opening ceremony can be viewed by activating the following link:-

SEM opening ceremony