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.

Upcoming Forum

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 be hosting the Forum Virtually. The evening will focus on coastal change with a range of exciting speakers from various organisations, as well as Partnership updates.

Presentations are 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 update – Jay Boyle, Exe Estuary Officer
  • Exeter Port Authority: update from the Harbour Master – Grahame Forshaw, Exeter Port Authority

or you can download the full agenda (subject to change)

We will be giving you the opportunity to put questions forward to the speakers in advance of the meeting. As with the previous Virtual Forum, there will be a dedicated Q&A session at the end of the event. Any questions unanswered will be addressed via email following the event.

There will be a limited number of free tickets (100) for the event. Once registered you will be sent the Zoom meeting link shortly before the event.

Register for your FREE ticket via Eventbrite


Past Forums

Exe Estuary Virtual Forum: October 2020

Due to COVID-19, this year’s 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 and presentations by emailing the Exe Estuary Officer at

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 and can be sent upon request:

  • 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

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 (especially as this was the first Virtual Forum for the EEMP).

If you have any questions for the speakers or the Exe Estuary Office, please send them to

Exe Estuary Winter Forum: February 2020

Council Chambers, Winter Forum 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:

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:

Phone: 01392 382236