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Exe Forum

These events are free and open to all who have an interest in the Exe Estuary. The Forums aim to enable lively discussion and provide information on topical Exe Estuary issues. Organisations and authorities that are involved with the management of the estuary are invited to these events to share information and answer any questions that local communities may have.

 

Exe Estuary Winter Forum: February 2019

The 2019 Winter Forum took place on the evening of 5th February in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Exeter.

The event began with a showcase of excellent litter initiatives in the Ante Chamber. Information provided at these stalls helped to inform the group discussion which explored what might be done around the Exe to better tackle the plastic litter issue.

A number of excellent speakers attended, including some short and snappy five-minute Soapbox Sessions about local activities.

An election for the Forum Vice Chair was held at the Forum. The new Forum representatives are:
Forum Chair: Jeremy Rawlings
Forum Vice Chair: Ted Draper
Lynn Trout, as outgoing Forum Chair, was thanked for her many years of dedication to the partnership. 

Agenda for the 2019 Winter Forum here.
Speaker Biographies
Summary of invited Litter Initiatives

Summary

The 2019 Exe Winter Forum was a success and fully booked with 115 people attending, the best turnout to date. Presentations were given on:

  • Harbour Authority: Future plans for Harbour Master and Patrol Officers (Exeter City Council) view slides
  • Exmouth Tidal Defence Scheme (Royal HaskoningDHV) view slides - unavailable on the day
  • A year of the Dawlish Warren Beach Management Scheme (Environment Agency) view slides
  • A Bird’s Eye View of Climate Change (Met Office) view slides
  • Plastic Litter in the Marine Environment: introduction to various existing initiatives (EEMP) view slides
  • Creative projects with communities (Enviro-hub & FLOW) view slides
  • Oystercatcher ringing project (Natural England) view slides
  • Successes of the Exmouth Gig Rowing Club (Exmouth Gig Rowing Club) view slides

Positive results were received from attendees, with 100% of feedback stating that that the Forum was worth attending, that the presentations were interesting, that the topics were relevant, that the Forum was a key opportunity to learn more about the Exe and that the work of the partnership is valued. A large majority of attendees found the venue suitable and that they would like to attend the Forum again in the future.

Full Forum feedback, including sectoral representation of attendees and key discussion points can be viewed here.

Exe Estuary Officer contact details:
Email: exeestua@devon.gov.uk
Phone: 01392 382236

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Exe Estuary Stakeholder Forum: September 2018

 

The 2018 Summer Stakeholder Forum was held on the evening of 6th September in the Coaver Conference Room, Coaver Club, Exeter. 

 

This was the first summer Stakeholder Forum and was introduced to offer increased opportunity for local stakeholders to engage with the work of the Partnership. The Forum provided information on the management of Exe Estuary and enabled discussions around relevant issues or topics. 

 

The Forum had three main sessions each with a different focus, including an interactive feedback session on ways to promote the new Exe Estuary Codes of Conduct further. Several snapshot updates were given about different schemes relevant to the Exe, with a chance for stakeholders to give feedback to be taken to the relevant authority. 

 

Agenda for the 2018 Stakeholder Forum here.

 

Summary

 

The first summer Stakeholder Forum was a success with 48 people attending to hear presentations and provide feedback on:

 

  • The new Exe Estuary Management Partnership format (Jeremy Rawlings, Forum Vice Chair) view slides
  • Role of the Exe Estuary Management Partnership and promotion of Codes of Conduct (Stephanie Clark, Exe Estuary Officer) view slides
  • Update from the South East Devon Habitat Regulations Partnership (Habitat Mitigation Officers, SEDHRP) view slides
  • Snapshot updates from around the estuary (Rex Frost, EEMP Stakeholder Representative) view slides

Positive results for the future of the Stakeholder Forum with 100% of feedback stating that the Forum was worth attending, well organised, that the presentations were interesting and the work of the EEMP is valued. A large majority of attendees found that the themes covered were relevant, the venue was suitable and that they would like to attend the Forum again in the future.

 

Full Forum feedback and sectoral representation of attendees can be viewed here

 

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Exe Estuary Winter Forum: February 2018

The 2018 Winter Forum was held on the evening of 6th February in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Exeter.

The event was an opportunity for local residents and stakeholders to hear the latest about the management of the Exe and to ask questions directly to those involved with managing aspects of the estuary.

As well as presentations from various groups and organisations, there was also an opportunity to provide feedback on updated codes of conduct, with the most up to date drafts presented at event. A film of the Dawlish Warren Beach Management Scheme, by the Environment Agency, was also screened.

Elections of the Forum Chair and Forum Vice Chair were held at the Forum. Neil Downes, who held the position of Forum Chair for over 10 years, did not stand for re-election. The results of the vote are:
Forum Chair: Lynn Trout
Forum Vice Chair: Jeremy Rawlings

Agenda for the 2018 Forum here.

Summary

The 2018 Exe Estuary Forum was a success with 93 people attending to hear presentations on:

  • Introduction to the New Partnership Chair (Cllr Jeff Trail BEM, Chair of the EEMP)
  • Status of the Exe Fisheries (Devon & Severn IFCA & Natural England) view D&SIFCA slides / view Natural England slides
  • Update from the South East Devon Habitat Regulations Partnership (SEDHRP) view slides
  • Exe Estuary Highlights for 2017 (EEMP) view slides
  • Planned work with recreational boating clubs (The Green Blue) view slides
  • Completion of Mamhead slipway (East Devon District Council) view slides
  • Consultation for Coastal Byelaws at Dawlish Warren (Teignbridge District Council) view slides
  • Devon Loves Dogs (Dog Project Officer) view slides
  • Seahorses on the Exe (The Seahorse Trust) view slides

Positive results were received from attendees, with 100% of feedback stating that that the Forum was worth attending, that the presentations were interesting, and that the venue was suitable for the Forum. A large majority of attendees found that the event was well organised, that topics relevant, the work of the EEMP is valued and Forum members would attend again in the future, as a key opportunity to learn more about the Exe.

Full Forum feedback and sectoral representation of attendees can be viewed here. Key discussion points from the Q&A sessions can also be found here.

The Consultant Brief for the SEDHRP Exe Estuary Wildlife Refuge Study can also be viewed here.

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Exe Estuary Winter Forum: February 2017

The 2017 Winter Forum was held on the evening of 7th February in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Exeter.

The Forum gives local residents and organisations the opportunity to learn more about the management of the Exe Estuary and to provide feedback directly to those involved with managing aspects of the estuary.

The final version of the Exe Estuary Management Plan 2016-2021 was launched at the Forum and can be downloaded here. Progress of the review of zonation and Codes of Conduct was also presented, with details about how users can get involved. Further details of the consultation and draft maps can be found here.

This was also the last Forum for the current Chairman of the EEMP, who will be stepping down at the next elections. The Chairman opened the event with his reflections of the 14 years he has been in post.

Agenda for the 2017 Forum here.

Summary

The 2017 Exe Estuary Forum was a success with 68 people attending to hear presentations on:

  • Reflections of an Outgoing Chairman (Cllr Bernard Hughes OBE, Chair of the EEMP)
  • Flood Defence Schemes on the Exe (Environment Agency) view slides
  • Exmouth Development: An update on Mamhead Slipway and the Queen’s Drive Project (East Devon District Council) view slides
  • Bird Trends and Disturbance on the Exe Estuary (WeBS) view slides
    Dave Smallshire, Smallshire Ecology: 01626 853393 / davesmalls@btinternet.com
  • Review of Zonation & Codes of Conduct: Progress to Date (EEMP) view slides
  • Invitation to the ‘Friends of the Exe Estuary’ Group (EEMP) view slides
  • Fish on the Quay (Exmouth Mussels Ltd.) view slides
  • National Mapping Programme: Aerial Photo Survey on the Exe ( Devon County Council) view slides

Very positive results were received from attendees, with 100% of feedback stating that that the Forum was worth attending and was well organised. A large majority of attendees found that the topics were interesting and relevant, the venue was suitable for the Forum, the work of the EEMP is valued and Forum members would attend again in the future, as a key opportunity to learn more about the Exe.

Full Forum feedback and sectoral representation of attendees can be viewed here. Key discussion points from the Q&A sessions can also be found here.

 

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Exe Estuary Winter Forum: February 2016

The 2016 Winter Forum was held on the evening of 9th February in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Exeter.

The Forum gives local residents and organisations the opportunity to learn more about the management of the Exe Estuary and to provide feedback directly to those involved with managing aspects of the estuary.

Summary

The 2016 Exe Estuary Forum was another success with 82 people attending to hear presentations on:

  • Past Achievements and Future Priorities of the Exe Estuary Management Partnership (EEMP) view slides part 1 part 2
  • Flood and Coastal Risk Management (Environment Agency) view slides
  • Friends of Exeter Ship Canal (River, Canal and Quayside Group, Exeter Civic Society)
  • Review of netting byelaws and the EU changes to bass legislation (Devon & Severn IFCA)
  • Mamhead Slipway update (East Devon District Council) view slides
  • Belshers Slipway / Shelly Beach consultation (East Devon District Council)
  • Proposals for Harbour Directions (Exeter City Council) view slides

The Forum also encouraged discussion on a trio of initiatives currently being explored by the EEMP, which included:

  1. Exe Estuary Local Fisheries Group view slides
    Guiding the future of local fisheries and exploring potential economic benefits via the Coastal Communities Team
  2. Working with Exe Estuary Recreational Users in 2016 view slides
    How recreational user groups can inform future management plans
  3. Exploration of a ‘Friends of the Exe Estuary’ Group view slides
    How volunteers can help to increase our understanding of the wildlife, ecology and use of the estuary and ultimately help us to protect and enhance it

winter 2016 forum meetingVery positive results were received from attendees, with 100% of feedback stating that that the Forum was worth attending, that it was well organised, interesting and relevant, and that the work of the EEMP is valued and Forum members would attend again in the future, as a key opportunity to learn more about the Exe. Full Forum feedback and sectoral representation of attendees can be viewed here. Key discussion points from the Q&A sessions can also be found here.

Additionally, Forum members were invited to provide their views on which objectives should be prioritised in the new Exe Estuary Management Plan, which is currently under review. The Management Plan provides guidance on delivering statutory compliance and best practice in managing the Exe Estuary. It outlines policies, issues and five year objectives to ensure sustainable use of the Exe for the future. The draft of the updated Management Plan will be available for consultation later in the year and will be advertised on the EEMP website. Forum feedback on the Management Plan objectives can be viewed here.

Refreshments for the evening were kindly funded by Exmouth Town Council.

 

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Exe Estuary Winter Forum February 2015

The 2015 Winter Forum was held on the evening of 17th February in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Exeter.

Summary

The 2015 Exe Estuary Forum was a success with 62 people attending to hear presentations on:

 

In addition, attendees were invited to offer their views on the final consultation of the Recreational Framework, a document which compiles information about the current activities on and alongside the Exe Estuary, with analysis of the perception of the existing behavioural controls that manage these activities. A locally sourced light buffet was provided during this part of the Forum, kindly funded by Councillor Bernard Hughes OBE and from the LiCCo project.

 

River Basin Management Plan Consultation

The River Basin Management Plan consultation concludes on  10th April and can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/river-basin-management-plan-south-west 

This link will take you to the Catchment Data Explorer which displays the data behind the plan for the East Devon Management Catchment: http://environment.data.gov.uk/catchment-planning/ManagementCatchment/22

 An alternative and simpler way to comment is available at: saveourwaters.org.uk

Any questions can be directed to Hugh Davey at the Environment Agency at: hugh.davey@environment-agency.gov.uk

Feedback

62 people attended the Exe Estuary Forum with 25 of those completing a feedback questionnaire, the results of which can be seen below.

Questions

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Conference was worth attending

28%

72%

     

Everything was well organised

40%

48%

 

8%

4%

The presentations were interesting

20%

68%

4%

4%

4%

The themes covered were relevant to me

28%

52%

4%

12%

4%

The venue was suitable

32%

52%

 

8%

8%

I would like to attend the forum again

56%

40%

4%

   

The Forum is a key opportunity for me to learn more about the Exe Estuary, get involved and have my views heard

44%

48%

4%

4%

 

I value the work of the Exe Estuary Partnership

60%

36%

 

4%

 

 

These are positive results for the future direction of the Forum with 100% of feedback stating that that the Forum was worth attending and a majority of attendees providing positive feedback for the remaining questions.

General comments received through these feedback forms are listed at the end of this report and help to explain the reasoning for the disagreements noted. The feedback and comments will be used to develop the Forum in the future, taking onboard ideas for improvements and integrating them into the very successful current format of this annual event.

Sectoral Balance

The sectoral representation of the attendees was analysed to investigate the balance of interests represented at the Forum.  The attendees have been grouped according to sector, for example ‘Environmental' covers site managers, conservation charities and other wildlife interest groups. 

As can be seen from the pie chart below, in general there was a very broad representation of different sectors from those with a commercial interest in the estuary to those representing the Local Authorities around the Exe, including Councillors.  Reassuringly these groups are relatively well balanced and are generally in line with the expected proportion of interest groups on the estuary, with representation from all sectors.

General Comments Received

Andrew H Cadbury, Starcross Parish Council

"The early speakers were very knowledgeable on their subjects, but I found it hard to take all their information on board (the sound system could have been used better). Nigel was the speaker who got his message across best. Also Stephanie you presented well. The Council Chamber is a good venue, if the sound system is used by all.The buffet was very good."

Peter Cleasby, Exmouth Coastwatch

"It would have helped to have had the agenda in advance.(Exe Estuary Partnership) needs to engage more group as partners, not just the usual suspects."

David Robertson

"River Basin Management Plan should have been most relevant but the presentation was confusing (ignoring the microphone problems) and rambling. (The first question hit the nail on the head!) Good to hear a very local story from the Lower Clyst. (Non-Government Agency point of view). The Activity was a good idea but the timing not ideal as 9.20 before it started."

Samuel Wooley, Local/Patrol Boat

"Nigel C-H Brilliant!"

John West, Exton

"Each year I find you better relating to real issues but some of your conclusions are not based on science!"

Local interest

"Most useful – Nigel Cheffers-Heard's impassioned presentation. Least useful – MMO – I still don't know what it does. How is it funded? How much budget? How many employed?"Least useful – the pair of contributions from Environment Agency. Just management speak. Endless consultations. No results.The RSPB is too political, too big, too powerful. What about the birds? Too much management speak / control."

Keith Bungay, Exmouth Community Association

"Thoroughly enjoyed the EEP meeting.A lot of good work has been done and is still being done – much appreciated. A specific comment re. the item on ‘Lower Clyst: a celebration' apart from the fact I disagreed with the speaker's presentation and arguments, I was unhappy that he was given a platform to ‘have a go' at responsible public bodies without giving them the opportunity to respond. A shorter presentation with both sides being given the opportunity to provide their local v. national cases would have been more helpful. Think local – think global. We only heard the local bit!!!!!" 

 

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Exe Estuary Winter Forum February 2014

Recreation On and Around the Exe Estuary

The 2014 Winter Forum was held on the evening of 26th February in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Exeter.  It was attended by around 68 people who were representing local community groups or other bodies, or came along as 'interested individuals'.    The full report can be accessed here.

Those present at the Forum were pleased to confirm the reappointment of Neil Downes and Lynn Trout as the Chair and Vice-chair respectively of the Exe Estuary Forum for a further 2 years.   These positions automatically carry membership of the Management Group of the Exe Estuary Partnership, and Neil and Lynn play a really valuable and much appreciated role in helping to draw Partners' attention to community concerns that are relevant to the Partnership. 

The theme of the evening was ‘Recreation on and Around the Exe Estuary', and there were three 20-minute presentations on: 

  • Managing recreation – Paula Guimaraes-Salge, Exe Estuary Partnership
  • Update on Mamhead Slipway – Ian Harrison, East Devon District Council
  • The Exe Estuary Trail – Zsolt Schuller, Devon County Council & Victoria Hatfield, Exeter City Council

 There were also five short and snappy – and very diverse – soapbox sessions.  Four of these were presented by individuals or representatives of community groups, who spoke for 5 minutes on topics that they felt passionate about, including: 

  • The (poor) condition of St James' Weir – Jane Evans, Exeter Canoe Club
  • Influential and effective engagement with local authorities and regulatory bodies – Ed Hughes, Exe Power Boat and Ski Club
  • Dredging – Martin McGahey, riparian and fundus owner, Back Gut
  • A bird viewing screen for Exmouth – Geoff Morris, Exmouth Tenants and Residents' Association

There was also a soapbox update by Martin Davies of the Environment Agency on the Dawlish Warren / Exmouth beach management scheme, which has links with the Living with a Changing Coast LiCCo project.  The slides used for the main presentations, and for the beach management scheme update, along with notes taken of the soapbox sessions and Q and A discussions have been uploaded to the Exe Estuary Partnership's website (www.exe-estuary.org).  

The 17 feedback forms completed were very positive, with 100% of feedback indicating that people agree the conference was worth attending, the presentations interesting, the themes relevant to them and that they value the work of the Exe Estuary Partnership.  

The agenda issues for Winter Forums are agreed months in advance by the Forum Chair and Vice Chair in discussion with the Management Group of the Exe Estuary Partnership, taking account of current ‘hot topics' where there is something to report, and previous agendas.   Sometimes an organisation responsible for managing an aspect of the estuary requests a slot to either give out information, or to canvass the views of Forum members.  The Partnership has experimented with different opportunities for people at the Forum to have their say, including plenary Q and A sessions, topic-based discussion groups and soapbox sessions. 

In his soapbox, Ed Hughes suggested that people the local community could be asked to list their main concerns about estuary life, and that organisations with responsibilities relevant to the most frequently-mentioned concerns could be invited (we can't force anyone to come!) to address the Forum.  This suggestion will be discussed at the next Management Group meeting, at which Partners will consider the lessons that can be learned from this year's Forum. 

Many thanks to everyone who came along to the Forum meeting, and especially those who participated as either presenters, soapboxers and questioners.  Particular thanks to Geoff Morris who entertained us with his oystercatcher chorus and put a big smile on all our faces!  

We are also very grateful to the Living with a Changing Coast LiCCo project for meeting some of the costs of holding the Forum.       

Forum - 2013

The 2013 Winter Forum took place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 12th February in the Main Conference Room of the Coaver Club, County Hall, Exeter. 

It was a very successful event, with 94 people attending to hear presentations on:

  • A summary of the Partnership's work over the last year (including LiCCo) - view slides
  • Access to the water at Exmouth - view slides
  • Controls on antisocial behaviour on the Estuary - view notes
  • Development and disturbance - view slides
  • Community Rail Partnership and Citizens Rail Partnership - sorry, no notes available
  • Crab tile and cockle survey findings & fisheries byelaws review - view slides
  • Exmouth Tourism Forum - view notes
  • A fresh look at marine transport in the Estuary - sorry, no notes available

As part of the forum the attendees broke into facilitated discussion groups, according to their particular interests, which enabled them to put questions to the people with responsibility for managing the relevant aspect of the estuary.  The discussion groups were:

1. Antisocial behaviour and (bird) disturbance - view notes

2. Access to the water at Exmouth - view notes

3. Estuary Trail developments - view notes

4. The emerging Flooding and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for the Exe Estuary - view notes

Notes of the Question and Answer sessions can be viewed here 

The full agenda can be viewed here.

 

Feedback

Some 16 of the 94 people who attended the Exe Estuary Forum completed a feedback questionnaire, the results of which can be seen below:

   

 

 

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

The conference was worth attending

40%

60%

 

 

Everything was well organised

13%

69%

12%

6%

The presentations were interesting

31%

76%

 

 

The themes covered were relevant to me

33%

67%

 

 

The venue was suitable

40%

53%

 

7%

I would like to attend the Forum again in the future

60%

40%

 

 

The Forum is a key opportunity for me to learn more about the Exe Estuary, get involved and have my views heard

73%

27%

 

 

I value the work of the Exe Estuary Partnership

69%

31%

 

 

 

These are positive results for the future direction of the Forum with 100% of feedback stating that that the Forum was worth attending, that the presentations were interesting, that the themes were relevant, that they would like to come again, that the Forum is a key opportunity for getting involved and having views heard, and that they value the work of the Exe Estuary Partnership.

General comments received through these feedback forms, via subsequent emails and orally are listed at the end of this report and help to explain the reasoning for the disagreements noted.  Most relate to disappointment with sound quality and IT issues.  The feedback and comments will be used to develop the Forum in the future, taking onboard ideas for improvements and integrating them into the very successful current format of this annual event.

Sectoral Balance

The sectoral representation of the attendees was analysed to investigate the balance of interests represented at the Forum.  The attendees have been grouped according to sector, for example ‘Environmental' covers site managers, conservation charities and other wildlife interest groups. 

As can be seen from the pie chart below, in general there was a very broad representation of different sectors from those with a commercial interest in the estuary to those representing the Local Authorities around the Exe, including Councillors. 

General Comments Received

Andrew Kewell, Starcross Yacht Club

"Breakout rooms a bit noisy/disturbed."

 

Bridget Beer, Local Interest

"Need to sort sound system.  Must have IT technician in attendance throughout event.  5 minute soapbox [sessions] need to be more dynamic as last slot!"

 

David Robertson, Local interest

"The sound system caused irritation when it didn't work.  Some of the soapbox sessions were far too long.  The presentation from D&SIFCA was, in particular, not tailored to fit in 5 minutes.  If the speakers take up the time, question time (and alternative points of view time) is reduced."

 

Derek Smith, Exmouth Quay Residents Association

"The audibility of presentations was at best marginal – not only was the equipment dodgy, but presenters didn't know how to use it (either technically or educationally).  I think presenters who are imaudible are in fact insulting their audience, and should be told so."

 

Derek Smithers, Transition Town Exmouth

"Sound system and its management were v poor.  Some speakers overran.  Those asking questions are making points not questions."

 

Don Mildenhall, ALRUG

"Problems with sound.  Speakers in final session – poor timekeeping, poor briefing?.

 

Jane Jerrard, Local interest

"Very good as usual"

 

Jim Bailey, Lympstone Parish Council

"Too many subjects for time.  Poor sound."

 

John West, Individual interest

Congratulations and well done.  Good meeting with the right people there in a good venue and good agenda.  Yes do it again."

 

Lynn Trout, W Trout and Son Ltd

"Might need a bigger venue – 2 Forums a year?"

 

Nigel Cheffers-Heard, Bridge Inn

"The Env Agency can now tick the box marked ‘consulted', and carry on ignoring our views as they have for several years."

 

Rex Cook, Cockwood Boat Club

"With one or two exceptions speakers need to improve their delivery techniques."

 

Suzanne Birkett, Exmouth Town Council

"Really interesting and well organised.  Well done to you all.  Really worthwhile."

 

Trevor Cope, Exmouth Town Council, Waterfront Committee Chair

"Problems with PA system.  Lack of organisation re computer equipment shows poor professional approach to the task.  Inability of speakers to use Powerpoint correctly.  Access to the water presentation was outdated and incorrect.  The site is to be developed.  There will be NO place for parking.  How much are Royal Haskoning being paid to find that NOTHING can or will be done to main slipway.  Mamhead needs to be opened NOW!"

 

Zsolt Schuller, Devon County Council

"Well done for yesterday.  It seemed like everyone had a good evening.  DCC IT is a nightmare."

 

 February 2012 Forum

The 2012 Exe Estuary Forum took place on 7th February and was a great success with 100 people attending to hear presentations on:

  • A summary of the Partnership's work over the
    last year

  • The final Disturbance Study report

  • Living with a Changing Coast (LiCCo)

  • Lower Halsdon Farm

  • The Exe Estuary Patrol Boat

  • The Jet Ski User Group

  • Ethical Credentials of Exmouth Mussels

  • Exeter Canal and Basins Community Group

  • MPApps – Applying mobile technology to the Exe Estuary

  • Litter Free Coast and Sea

All presentations can be viewed below

In addition, as part of the forum the attendees broke into workshop groups, according to the area of the estuary that is of particular interest / relevance to them. This was undertaken so that a baseline understanding of the suitability of existing communication methods could be established and improved to raise awareness of the LiCCo project and Exe Estuary Strategy amongst Exe Estuary stakeholders and communities for each part of the estuary.

Feedback

100 people attended the Exe Estuary Forum with 37 of those completing a feedback questionnaire, the results of which can be seen below.

Forum Feedback

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

The conference was worth attending

50%

50%    

Everything was well organised

50%

47%

3%  

The presentations were interesting

41%

57%

2%

 

The themes covered were relevant to me

29%

68%

3%  

The venue was suitable

53%

47%

   

I would like to attend the Forum again in the future

51%

46%

3%  

The Forum is a key opportunity for me to learn more about the Exe Estuary, get involved and have my views heard

37%

55%

8%  

I value the work of the Exe Estuary Partnership

66%

34%

   

These are positive results for the future direction of the Forum with 100% of feedback stating that that the Forum was worth attending, that the venue was suitable and that they value the work of the Exe Estuary Partnership.

General comments received through these feedback forms are listed at the end of this report and help to explain the reasoning for the disagreements noted. The feedback and comments will be used to develop the Forum in the future, taking onboard ideas for improvements and integrating them into the very successful current format of this annual event.

Sectoral Balance

The sectoral representation of the attendees was analysed to investigate the balance of interests represented at the Forum.  The attendees have been grouped according to sector, for example ‘Environmental' covers site managers, conservation charities and other wildlife interest groups.  

As can be seen from the pie chart below, in general there was a very broad representation of different sectors from those with a commercial interest in the estuary to those representing the Local Authorities around the Exe, including Councillors.  Reassuringly these groups are relatively well balanced and are in line with the expected proportion of interest groups on the estuary with Recreation, Commercial, and Environmental (the more dominant interests of the estuary) showing relatively equal representation.

General Comments Received

"Thank you, very good meeting."

"The presentations were interesting, especially the soapbox."

"V. informative"

"MPApps – mobile technology – a really useful App for many estuary users." "Really important for spreading info on e.g. impact of global warming, tide rises by location, etc".

"It was a pity that a v.small group were allowed to dominate the 1st part of the Forum with their personal complaints."

"Great to see such a room full of people."

 

View Presentations

 

To view the powerpoint presentation for each speaker please select them from the agenda below:

Agenda

6.30 Arrival & refreshments

Chance to view Exmouth Rotary / EEMP Fundraising Device

7.00 Introduction: Neil Downes, Forum Chair

7.10 A Partnership update: Stephanie Clark, Exe Estuary Officer

7.20 Questions

7.25 The Final Disturbance Study Report: Durwyn Liley, Footprint Ecology

7.35 Questions

7.40 Living with a Changing Coast (LiCCo): Martin Davies, Environment Agency
- Including an update on the Exe Estuary Strategy

7.50 Questions

8.00 Workshops: Living with a Changing Coast (LiCCo) [see workshop notes here]

8.35 Reconvene in main Conference Room

Soapbox sessions

8.40 Exeter Canal and Basins Community Group: Don Lang

8.45 Have Your Say at Lower Halsdon Farm: Peter Blyth, National Trust

8.50 An overview of the Exe Estuary Patrol Boat: Andy Phillips, Lead Coxswain

8.55 Jet Ski User Group: Colin Bray, Local Jet Skier

9.00 Ethical Credentials of Exmouth Mussels: Myles Blood Smyth, Exmouth Mussel Company

9.05 MPApps - Applying Mobile Technology to the Exe Estuary: Andrew Jeffrey, University of Exeter

9.10 Litter Free Coast and Sea: Matilda Bark, Dorset Coast Forum

9.15 Questions to soapbox presenters

9.30 Close

 

LiCCo Feedback

Of the 100 people who attended the Exe Estuary Forum, 31 completed the LiCCo feedback questionnaire, the results of which can be seen below.

LiCCo Questions

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Don't Know

1. I understand what is meant by the term coastal change

38%

56% 6%    

2. I understand the impacts that sea level rise may have on my community /the Exe Estuary

23%

44%

15% 15%

3%

3. I understand what is covered by the Shoreline Management Plan

12%

56%

20%

 

12%

4. I understand how I can input to the Exe Estuary Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy
(Exe Estuary Strategy)

9%

47%

26% 12%

6%

5. I am satisfied with the communications that I currently receive about the Exe Estuary Strategy

12%

41%

29% 15%

3%

 

6. What do you think coastal change will mean for your community and/or the Exe Estuary in general? What threats and opportunities might there be?
"Habitat loss & damage & the need to plan for this to maintain areas suitable to accommodate bird populations for which the estuary is currently designated."
"Possible loss of beach."
"Increased risk of inundation by sea."
"Changes in the Exe in general."
"It's about anticipating change & how to positively respond in a proactive way rather than reactively."
"Threat to ship canal, especially Topsham Lock."
"Have not had any information to be able to assess this."
"Exmouth faces serious change with sea level rise & longshore drift."
"The big threat is that we act on presumption and not proven fact."
"No evidence of sea level rising in the Exe or Clyst since I arrived in 1963."
"Impact on wildlife, coastal configuration & environment."
"Tourism."
"Loss of land."
"What is being done to protect infrastructure (train lines, roads, etc)."
"Is flooding fields enough to protect & conserve local economy?"
"I think we should be careful not to over estimate coastal change & spend more than is justified."
"Sea Front's HQ location could become isolated with nearby flooding in the longer term."
"The loss of the Railway embankment and a breach at Dawlish Warren."

7. Please let us know about any local events that you feel would present a good opportunity to raise awareness about coastal change?
"Attend meetings of SW Regional Flood & Coast Committee, to be held open to public in future."
"Boating club forums."
"Exmouth Festival"
"Exmouth Rotary Kite Festival"
"Jurassic Classic Cycle Event – 8th July."
"Farmers Market"
"Talking to local groups – of any interest."
"Sailing Club Training Events."
"Public meeting at Topsham."
"This Forum"
"Use Topsham Community Association & Topsham Society to organise an open exhibition."
"Advertise (through) Estuary Magazine, local radio & posters."
"Targetted focus groups (as with the EDDC Exmouth Town Centre & Sea Front Management Plan exercise)."
"Parish Councils"

8. Do you have any suggestions as to which locations (and venues) should be considered to hold meetings or events related to the Exe Estuary Strategy (Living with a Changing Coast project)?
"Elizabeth Hall, Exmouth (Local Authority Hall)"
"Exmouth Community College (Telfer Conference Room)"
"Trips on Exe."
"Regular column in press."
"Pavilion, Exmouth"
"Town Hall, Exmouth."
"Exmouth Festival."
"Leaflets via Rail Users Group."
"Information in the Strand & Parade areas. Possibly Sea Front area."
"Mathews Hall, Topsham"
"Globe Hotel – Malthouse"
"Darts Farm"
"Former Rolle College premises"
"Public Meetings could be held in Starcross School Hall or the Bowling Club Rooms."

Any additional comments
"The disturbance of birds will not be taken seriously as long as the wild fowlers & Royal Marines & trains make the noise they do in the way they do!"
"Post results of workshop online and put the wealth of local knowledge (in the) public domain."
"There are not only birds. Tourism is important. Activities are important."
"LiCCo & EA need to urgently engage with the Lower Clyst land owners & address their concerns."

 

 

 

Winter Forum 2011

Jenny

Another successful Forum took place on 3rd February 2011, with ninety people attending to hear presentations on:

  • The successes of the Partnership over the last 4 years

  • The progress of the Exe Estuary Strategy

  • The interim results of the Disturbance Study

  • The future of the estuary Patrol Boat

  • Starcross Yacht Club's new Environmental Policy

  • An update on the management of the RSPB's estuary reserves

In addition, as part of the forum the attendees broke into workshop groups, according to the area of the estuary that is of particular interest / relevance to them, so that the disturbance study results could be discussed in more detail addressing specific issues that have been identified for each part of the estuary.

It was with sadness and fond memories that Jenny Lockett declared that this would be her last Forum as Exe Estuary Officer, as she moves on to an exciting new job. Following Jenny's leaving presentation, we were delighted to see Neil Downes and Lynn Trout re-elected as Forum Chair and Vice Chair respectively.

Feedback

Of the ninety people who attended the Exe Estuary Forum, more than half completed a feedback questionnaire, the results of which can be seen below:

Forum Feedback

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

The conference was worth attending

70%

30%

   

Everything was well organised

63%

37%

   

The presentations were interesting

51%

47%

2%

 

The themes covered were relevant to me

38%

62%

   

The venue was suitable

64%

36%

   

I would like to attend the Forum again in the future

66%

34%

   

The Forum is a key opportunity for me to learn more about the Exe Estuary, get involved and have my views heard

66%

34%

   

I value the work of the Exe Estuary Partnership

70%

28%

2%

 

 

These are very positive results for the future direction of the Forum with 100% of feedback stating that that the Forum was worth attending, well organised, relevant to them, they would like to attend again, and they view the Forum as a key opportunity to learn about the estuary. The feedback and comments from these questionnaires will be used to develop the Forum in the future, taking onboard ideas for improvements and integrating them into the very successful current format of this annual event.

Sectoral Balance

The sectoral representation of the attendees was analysed to investigate the balance of interests represented at the Forum.  The attendees have been grouped according to sector, for example ‘Environmental' covers site managers, conservation charities and other wildlife interest groups.  

As can be seen from the pie chart below, in general there was a very broad representation of different sectors from those with a commercial interest in the estuary to those representing the Local Authorities around the Exe, including Councillors.  Reassuringly these groups are relatively well balanced and are in line with the expected proportion of interest groups on the estuary with Recreation, Commercial, and Environmental (the more dominant interests of the estuary) showing comparable representation.

Sectoral Representation 2011

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Agenda

6.30 Arrival & refreshments

Chance to view East Devon District Council's new educational film Ecologic

7.00 Welcome and safety notices, Aidan Winder

7.05 Election of Chair and Vice Chair, Cllr Bernard Hughes OBE

7.10 Introduction: Neil Downes, Forum Chair

7.15 Looking back over the last 4 years, a Partnership update – Jenny Lockett

7.30 Questions

7.35 Exe Estuary Strategy: Steve Rendell, Environment Agency

7.45 Questions

7.55 Results of the Disturbance Study: Durwyn Liley, Footprint Ecology

8.10 Workshops: How can we make best use of this information? (See workshop notes here)

8.55 Reconvene in Council Chamber

Soapbox sessions

9.00 The future of the Estuary Patrol Boat

9.05 Starcross Yacht Club's new Environmental Policy

9.10 Managing the RSPB's reserves

9.15 Questions to soapbox presenters

9.30 Close

Forum 2011

 

 

Exe Estuary Winter Forum 2010

The Exe Estuary Forum, on Thursday 28th January, proved a great success with more than 80 people attending to learn about the projects and studies taking place on the estuary.

Feedback forms completed on the night have provided us the opportunity to analyse the sectoral balance of the Forum as well as gather feedback about the event itself.

As can be seen from the pie chart the Partnership has worked hard to ensure that the Forum receives interest from a broad and very even cross-section of local businesses, community interests and organisations as well as the many and varied recreational clubs on the Exe.

Sectoral Breakdown of Forum

The Feedback questions and answers can be seen in Table 1.  Of the 81 attendees 50 feedback forms were submitted and have been collated to create a percentage of answers for each question.  The results are a fantastic indication of the value of the Forum and the success of this particular event with 100% of attendees agreeing that the Forum was worth attending, that it was interesting, and that the themes covered were relevant to them.  Furthermore 100% of the attendees stated that they would like to attend the Forum again and that they felt it was a key opportunity to learn more about the Exe Estuary and get involved.  In terms of the Partnership and the services that it delivers, 100% of Forum attendees agreed that they value the work of the Partnership with 70% strongly agreeing.

Table 1: Forum Feedback

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

The conference was worth attending

58%

42%

   

Everything was well organised

56%

40%

2%

2%

The presentations were interesting

46%

54%

   

The themes covered were relevant to me

40%

60%

   

The venue was suitable

48%

46%

6%

 

I would like to attend the Forum again in the future

60%

40%

   

The Forum is a key opportunity for me to learn more about the Exe Estuary, get involved and have my views heard

54%

46%

   

I value the work of the Exe Estuary Partnership

70%

30%

   

 

Audience

 

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Agenda

6.30 Arrival, refreshments available. Information panels on display and an opportunity to see footage from new Educational Film; Think Deep! Created by EDDC

7.00 Introduction: Neil Downes, Forum Chair

7.10 Marine and Coastal Act, How it May Affect You: Jim Masters, Devon Maritime Forum

7.20 Finding Sanctuary and the need to add your knowledge: Beth Henshall, Finding Sanctuary

7.30 Questions to Jim and Beth

7.40 Exe Strategy: Steve Rendell

7.50 Questions to Graeme and EA representative

8.00 Disturbance Study: Durwyn Liley, Footprint Ecology

8.10 Workshops

8.45 Reconvene

Soapbox sessions

8.50 Progress of Turbine trial on the Exe, Adrian Janssen

8.55 The role of Fisheries on the Exe - Devon Sea Fisheries

9.00 Case study: Exmouth Mussels

9.05 Monitoring the Exe's fish

9.10 Questions to soapbox presenters

9.30 Close

Audience