Further information about the Exe Estuary Management Partnership (EEMP).

The Exe Estuary Management Plan 2016-2021 is produced by the EEMP and provides guidance for those that manage the Estuary in delivering their statutory duties in a co-ordinated manner. It outlines policies, issues and five year objectives to ensure sustainable use of the Exe for the future.


Further information about the South East Devon Habitat Regulations Partnership (SEDHRP).

SEDHRP Position Statement

The South-east Devon European Site Mitigation Strategy was commissioned by the Local Authorities to mitigate for the potential impacts of new housing development on three protected wildlife sites, including the Exe Estuary and Dawlish Warren.

South-east Devon European Site Mitigation Strategy: Summary


Exe Zonation and Code of Conduct Review: Project Proposal


Seagrass Beds
Thousands of birds visit the Exe during winter, some on long migratory routes from places as far as Siberia. These birds rely on the Exe as a feeding and resting ground during their journeys, with some areas of particular importance to the birds. Eelgrass is a type of seagrass found on the Exe, and is a main food source for birds such as Brent geese (a protected species on the estuary). The Environment Agency carry out an annual survey on the extent of seagrass on the Exe, below is the map which shows the result of the 2016 survey:
Map: Exe Seagrass Bed Extent 2016


Exe Disturbance Study 2011:
This study considers human disturbance to wintering waterfowl on the Exe Estuary.
Exe Disturbance Study: Summary
Exe Disturbance Study Report 2011
Disturbance Study Annex 1-Maps
Disturbance Study Annex 2-Recommendations
The Disturbance Study was produced by Footprint Ecology. Durwyn Liley, an experienced and respected ecologist, led this research. His biography can be found here.

Exe Estuary Recreational Framework
This report, undertaken by the Exe Estuary Management Partnership, compiles information about the current activities on and alongside the Exe Estuary, together with analysis of the perception of the existing behavioural controls that manage these activities.
Exe Estuary Recreational Framework


Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)
The United Kingdom holds internationally important numbers of non-breeding waterbirds, and government has agreed to international obligations to protect these populations. The WeBS Alerts system provides a method of identifying changes in numbers of waterbirds at a variety of spatial and temporal scales and can be found on the WeBS website.