Welcome to the Exe Estuary Management Partnership

The Exe Estuary is a fantastic and beautiful place to live, work and visit.  As organisations with responsibility for managing aspects of the Estuary we work together in voluntary partnership, balancing competing demands and addressing any conflicts as they arise, to help ensure that the Estuary retains its magic far into the future.

For more information about the Exe Estuary Partnership, forthcoming events, or how you can get involved, please click on the links and explore the site.




Public Consultation: Draft Exe Estuary Management Plan 2016-2021 

The Exe Estuary Draft Management Plan 2016-2021 is now open for public consultation until 30th October 2016.

What is the Exe Estuary Management Plan?
The plan guides the work of the Exe Estuary Management Partnership, which approaches the management of the estuary in a balanced way. It should not be confused with the work of the Habitats Regulations Partnership.

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Background Information

The Exe Estuary is approximately 8 miles long, starting on the River Exe south of Exeter and spreading down towards the English Channel and the town of Exmouth. The towns and villages of Topsham, Exton, Lympstone, Dawlish Warren, Starcross and Cockwood all border the estuary.

Two main rivers enter the estuary, the River Exe and the smaller River Clyst, which flow either side of Exeter. Exe Estuary is a ria, meaning that it was formed from sea-level rise after the last Ice Age. The  massive change in sea-level flooded the unglaciated river valley formed by the Exe. This explains the large size of the estuary compared to the outflow of the River Exe.  This low discharge is important in the formation as otherwise the estuary would have quickly become sedimented and prevent water flow.


The Exe Estuary - an extraordinary place to live, work and visit

Exmouth - by Natasha Grieg

Located on the south coast of Devon in the UK the Exe Estuary boasts some fantastic features; it is an internationally important site for wildlife, it is the start of the Jurassic Coast, has blue flag beaches and there are countless opportunities to enjoy the Estuary through recreational clubs, bird watching sites and boat trips.

The Exe Estuary is a terriffic place to explore by foot, cycle, wheel chair or buggy (for the littler ones), with miles of safe walking and cycling trails around the majority of the Estuary which offer some spectacular views. For an informative guide to exploring the Exe Estuary you can download a copy of the Exe Explorer from our Publications page.

On our Local Information page are details about all aspects of the estuary, whether you are planning to visit and are looking for ferry details, somewhere to stay or are interested to find out more about the features or management of the Exe Estuary.   There is also information about the commercial uses of the estuary, its special wildlife and so much more.  Our Contacts and Links page will enable you to make direct contact with local businesses, places to eat and stay, and providers of cruises and ferry services.

If you would like to add any relevant information to this site then please email the Exe Estuary Officer.  We have a notice board under our News section as well as an events page that we would be happy to add your information to.

Life on the Exe

Watch our Exe Estuary Film


Your Feedback

The Exe Estuary Management Partnership would like to know what you thought of this website and receive your suggestions for improving it.  Please email your comments and ideas to the Exe Estuary Officer or call 01392 382236.




Area: 2345.71 ha

Latitude: 50 38 50 N

Longtitude: 03 26 32 W

Designations: SPA, SSSI, RAMSAR

Webcams: Starcross, Exmouth Seafront