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Colne Estuary Partnership

Room 3.18, dept of Biological Sciences
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park

Contact: Steve McMellor
Tel: 01206873370

Type of partnership: Neutral, broad-based and honest broker role.
Marine Plan Area: 3. East Inshore

The Colne estuary is an area of international conservation importance, as well as being of great significance to the history, culture and people of north Essex. The estuary is important to a wide range of stakeholders involved in recreation and leisure, aquaculture, commercial fisheries, coastal protection, nature conservation and research.The Colne estuary is one of the most studied estuaries in the UK. Research at the University of Essex has studied the ecology, chemistry and biology of the estuary for over 30 years. The Colne estuary contains many important habitats, including saltmarsh and mudflats. The estuarine habitats are designated both nationally and internationally for their importance to the conservation of biodiversity. The Colne Estuary Partnership consists of a Management Group and a broader Advisory Group, designed to represent the sometimes conflicting interests of the users of the estuary and its resources. The partnership website can be viewed at and we can be contacted at

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
  • Provision of coastal services
  • Education
Core PurposesDesignations
  • Environmental management/conservation
  • Business and commercial support.
  • 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.
  • National Nature Reserve
  • SSSI
  • SPA
  • SAC
  • European Marine Set
  • Ramsar Site

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