The Exe Estuary Management Partnership holds two forums a year. 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.
The Winter Forum is held every year during February and is a formal 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.
The Summer Stakeholder Forum 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. It is held in September.
If you would like to be added to our database to receive invites to future Forum events, please visit our Become a member page.
The Winter Forum 2022 will take place in February (date and venue TBC)
The Summer Stakeholder Virtual Forum
September 15th 2021 18:30 – 20:30 via Zoom
Due to COVID-19, the event once again took place virtually via Zoom and was attended by 63 people.
The event was an opportunity for local people with an interest in the Exe Estuary to come and discuss their views and hear about management on the estuary. The Forum is an open event at which any organisation, interest group or member of the public can become involved in discussion of estuary related matters.
This year we focused on the Renewal of the Management Plan which will cover the next 5 years (2022-2027).
The evening kicked off with some short presentations, followed by a series of workshops through 12 breakout rooms based around Sub-Themes within the Management Plan.
If you missed the event, you can catch up via the recording using the password: $9Wy^YD^
Please note that individual breakout rooms were not recorded.
Please see the Agenda for full details of the evening. Presentations were as follows:
- Exe Estuary Management Plan Update – Steph Harper-Chung
- Exeter Port Authority Update – Grahame Forshaw – can be viewed via the recording
- Renewing the Exe Estuary Management Plan – Ted Draper, Forum Vice Chair
- Breakout Room instructions – Ted Draper Forum Vice Chair
Exe Estuary Virtual Winter Forum ‘Coastal Change’
Tuesday 2nd February 2021, 19:00 – 20:30 via Zoom
Due to COVID-19 and lockdown 3.0 the EEMP will once again hosted the Forum Virtually. The evening focused on coastal change with a range of exciting speakers from various organisations, as well as Partnership updates.
The evening was very successful with 112 people attending. Feedback showed a 100% response of “agree” or “strongly agree” that the Forum was worth attending, presentations were interesting, themes were relevant and that delegates would attend the Forum again.
Presentations were as follows:
- Plymouth Coastal Observatory – Isabel Kelly, Plymouth Coastal Observatory
- Dawlish Warren Beach Management Scheme – Martin Davies, Environment Agency
- Lower Otter Restoration Project – Sam Bridgewater, Clinton Devon Estates
- Exe Estuary Management Partnership 2021 update – Jay Boyle, Exe Estuary Officer
- Exeter Port Authority: 2021 update from the Harbour Master – Grahame Forshaw, Exeter Port Authority
or you can download the full agenda
We gave the opportunity to put questions forward to the speakers in advance of the meeting. As with the previous Virtual Forum, there was a dedicated Q&A session at the end of the event. Any questions unanswered were addressed via email following the event.
If you attended the event, please complete a feedback form. It is really important that we receive as much feedback as possible so we can ensure we can reflect on the success of the event and continue to improve for future events.
Recording – if you missed out on the event, you can request the recording or ask any questions about the event by emailing the Exe Estuary Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exe Estuary Virtual Forum: October 2020
Due to COVID-19, the Stakeholder Forum event took place virtually; a first for the Partnership. A limited number (80) of free tickets were advertised and the event sold out with a week to go. If you missed out on the event, you can request the recording by emailing the Exe Estuary Officer at email@example.com
The evening took the form of a more traditional conference and we welcomed a variety of speakers, who gave us an insight into their work. The presentations were as follows:
- Exe Estuary Management Partnership update – Jay Boyle, Exe Estuary Officer
- Exeter Port Authority: update from the Harbour Master – Grahame Forshaw, Exeter Port Authority
- Exmouth National Coastwatch Institute – Hugh DeSouza, Exmouth NCI
- Water quality management underpinning sustainable aquaculture (featuring a case study on the Exe estuary) – Dr Ross Brown, SWEEP
- Devon & Severn IFCA – hand gathering byelaw – Dr James Stewart
- Wildlife & lockdown – Natalie Holt, RSPB
Exe Estuary Winter Forum: February 2020
This 2020 Exe Estuary Winter Forum took place on the evening of 4th February at the Council Chambers, County Hall, Exeter.
The Forum was a success with 113 people attending to hear a variety of presentations and soapbox sessions.
The Winter Forum was chaired by the Forum Chair, Jeremy Rawlings and supported by the Forum Vice Chair, Ted Draper.
A number of representatives attended to take part in discussions on a variety of very topical subjects including flood defence works and invasive species, please view the presentations below:
- A roundup of the year from the Exe Estuary Management Partnership
- Exeter Harbour Authority Updates
- Devon Climate Emergency
- Introduction to interactive discussion: Flood Defence Schemes
- Response to issues related to Dawlish Warren Beach Management Scheme
- Progress of Exmouth Tidal Defence Scheme
- Update on St James’ Weir
- Invasive None-Native Species: Pacific oyster project
- Trial of mixed shellfishery at Lympstone
- Warren Golf Club – successes and working with the natural environment
Positive results were received from attendees, with 100% of feedback indicating that they would like to attend future Forums. A large majority of attendees stated that the Forum was worth attending, that the presentations were interesting and venue suitable, 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.
Full Forum feedback, including sectoral representation of attendees and key discussion points.
Members of the Forum are kept up to date with these events. If you would like to join the partnership database for free and receive invites to future Forum events, please email us.
For further information, contact Jay Boyle, Exe Estuary Officer: