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Conserving the Devonshire Avon from source to sea

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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...

Gravel augmentation helps salmon to breed in upper Avon

A programme of gravel augmentation has been successfully carried out on the upper Avon by the Westcountry Rivers Trust, funded by South West Water, as an extension of collaborative work to improve the riparian environment for fish.   Gravel is an essential component...

AONB – BIOSECURITY IN SOUTH HAMS’ RIVER ESTUARIES

The ACA has collaborated with the AONB Estuaries Partnership in producing a new biosecurity plan, available on the link below, to help stop the spread of marine non-native species in our South Hams estuaries..  Please read it and take note. The risks of an invasive...

NETTING IN THE ESTUARY – IFCA SURVEY

Devon and Severn Inshore Fishing Conservation Authority  is conducting a review of netting byelaws in our river estuaries.    If you follow the links provided here -  newsletter netting review - , you can complete a survey to provide your views about netting in the...

FIRST EVER ‘ECOLOGICAL’ WATER RELEASE MADE FROM AVON DAM

In mid-April, the first ever water release was made from the Avon Dam in the hope that the extra water would facilitate the natural movement of salmon smoult which takes place at this time of year.    The release, the first in the 60-odd years since the dam was built,...

SOUTH EFFORD MARSH – RESPONSE TO COMMUNITY’S VERDICT

The Environment Agency (EA) responded to the community's recent rejection of their revised plan for the flooding of South Efford Marsh (SEM) with a renewed drive to push ahead with the plan, in a probable collaboration with the Devon Wildlife Trust as managing...

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