Forum

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

The Winter Exe Estuary Forum 2023

Save the date: Tuesday 7th February 2023 at 19:00 – 21:00 at the Council Chamber, County Hall.

This is a free event open to all who have an interest in the Exe Estuary. It provides an opportunity for local communities, businesses and interest groups around the Exe to come and discuss their views and hear about management on the estuary.


Past Forums

Summer Stakeholder Forum 2022

6th September at Ocean, Exmouth and via Zoom

For the first time in years, the Stakeholder Forum could take place in-person at Ocean, Exmouth. The event was also open for people to attend virtually via Zoom.

The event was chaired by the Forum Chair, Jeremy Rawlings, supported by the Forum Vice Chair, Ted Draper. After four years as Forum Chair, Jeremy Rawlings has decided that now is the time to step down to focus on his busy work life. Ted Draper has now been promoted to Forum Chair, and Gordon Betteridge, who has been Rear Commodore for the Exe Sailing Club and Senior Watchkeeper for National Coastwatch, has accepted the position of Forum Vice Chair. Sincere thanks are extended to Jeremy for his time that he has committed to his role, ensuring that the views and concerns of local communities were brought to the Partnership Committee in a fair and balanced way. Congratulations to our new Forum Chair and Vice Chair.

A range of interesting topics were presented at the Forum, including an overview of the projects the Exe Estuary Management Partnership are focussing on, reflecting the input received through the public consultation held during the review of the Exe Estuary Management Plan.

Please see the Agenda for full details of the evening. Presentations were as follows:

Attendees also had the opportunity to provide input into the Dawlish Warren Beach Management Post-Scheme Review. Martin Davies from the Environment Agency gave a presentation about the review, which can be accessed here: Introduction to Dawlish Warren Beach Management Post-Scheme Review. Questions were taken from the room, before attendees were invited to take part in a workshop to offer their feedback on the options presented, the Dawlish Warren Feedback Sheet can be accessed here.

Feedback on the Post-Scheme Review closed on the 20th September. Here you can find links to a summary article about the workshop and a spreadsheet of the full workshop responses. Following further review and more detailed analysis of all the responses received, a summary report will be produced by the Environment Agency and circulated in readiness for the next Forum event in February 2023.

A record of the question and answer sessions, and forum feedback are available here.

For further information or to return feedback forms, please contact the Exe Estuary Officer at:

Email: exeestua@devon.gov.uk

Tel: 01392 382236

Address: Stephanie Harper-Chung, Exe Estuary Officer, Exe Estuary Management Partnership, c/o Devon County Council, Room 120, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD


Exe Virtual Winter Forum

15th February 2022  19:00 – 21:00 via Zoom

Following national guidance at the time of organising, this event took place virtually via Zoom and was attended by 46 people.

The new Exe Estuary Management Plan 2022 – 2027 was launched at this Forum. The Plan was developed through a full consultation process, with local people providing input through a six-week public consultation and workshops at the Stakeholder Forum in September 2021.

The Management Plan provides the framework for the management of the site, promoting the sustainable use of the estuary and balancing the demands made on its natural resources.

The event was chaired by the Forum Vice Chair, Ted Draper. The Forum Chair, Jeremy Rawlings, had to send his apologies due to unavoidable circumstances. The evening was filled with a variety of interesting presentations, which all linked to the new Management Plan, and ended with question sessions.

Please see the Agenda for full details of the evening. Presentations were as follows:

A record of the question and answer sessions can be found here:

Exe Winter Forum 2022-question notes.

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 exeestua@devon.gov.uk


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.

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 exeestua@devon.gov.ukPlease note that individual breakout rooms were not recorded.

Please see the Agenda for full details of the evening. Presentations were as follows:

If you attended the event please remember to fill out the Feedback Form and return them to exeestua@devon.gov.uk



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:

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 exeestua@devon.gov.uk



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 exeestua@devon.gov.uk

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 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:

Email: exeestua@devon.gov.uk
Phone: 01392 382236