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South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Follaton House
Plymouth Road

Contact: Nigel Mortimer
Tel: 01803 861465
Fax: 01803 861478

Type of partnership: Environmental management/conservation focused.
Marine Plan Area: 8. South West Inshore

All AONB estuaries have Estuary Management Plans in place that reflect their individual characteristics, local partnerships and priorities for action. The estuaries have high nature conservation importance: the Yealm Estuary is part of the marine Special Area of Conservation; the Yealm, Erme and Salcombe estuaries are Sites of Special Scientific Interest; and the Salcombe Estuary is designated a marine Local Nature Reserve. The 1083 hectares of inter-tidal estuary habitat are particularly significant. The estuaries have a long maritime history with significant boatbuilding and repair activity on the Dart, Salcombe and Yealm estuaries, though with a recent shift from commercial boats to recreational craft. Locally distinctive classes include the Salcombe Yawl. Estuary management plans and estuary conservation fora have continued to provide a framework for coordination and co-operation between agencies and the wider community. Knowledge and understanding of the estuarine environment have increased through research, surveys, monitoring and awareness campaigns.

Core ServicesAdditional Services
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Provision of network opportunities
  • Facilitation role
  • Communication - dissemination of the relevant information
  • Community engagement and awareness raising
  • Informing coastal/maritime planning, policy, legislation and strategy
  • Providing a central point of contact for coastal issues
  • Promote collaborative working
  • Habitat management/creation
  • Education
  • Environmental education
  • Habitat management
  • Pathfinder project
  • Community projects
  • Strategy/management planning
  • Tourism/recreation
  • Partnership working, project delivery, fundraising
Core PurposesDesignations
  • Integrated planning and management of the coast (ICZM)
  • Environmental management/conservation
  • Recreation and tourism.
  • Influencing policy and legislation.
  • To assist agencies and authorities in carrying out their function on the coast.
  • To provide a broadly based consultative forum on the coast.
  • Meeting statutory requirements.
  • AONB
  • Local Nature Reserve
  • National Nature Reserve
  • SAC
  • MCZ
  • European Marine Set

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