Welcome to the Exe Estuary Management Partnership

The Exe Estuary is a fantastic and beautiful place to live, work and visit.  As organisations with responsibility for managing aspects of the Estuary we work together in voluntary partnership, balancing competing demands and addressing any conflicts as they arise, to help ensure that the Estuary retains its magic far into the future.

For more information about the Exe Estuary Partnership, forthcoming events, subscribing to Exe Estuary news, or how you can get involved, please click on the links and explore the site.



Exe Stakeholder Forum 2019

The next Stakeholder Forum will take place on Tuesday 3rd September, 6.30pm at Powderham Castle.
Booking essential: details of how to book your free place can be found HERE



Exe Autumn Clean-Up 2019

The BIG Clean-Up of the Exmouth Local Nature Reserve will take place on Saturday 14th September.
Details for booking onto this event are HERE



Exe Codes of Conduct 

New Codes of Conduct have been created and are available to download here.
In conjunction with the South East Devon Habitat Regulations Partnership, the Exe Estuary Management Partnership (EEMP) worked with local users of the Exe Estuary, to help inform a review of Codes of Conduct on the Exe.



Current Consultations 

Click here to view current consultations, including Devon & Severn IFCA's Diving Permit Review and proposed changes to Potting, Wrasse and Mobile Gear Permits. 




Wildlife Refuges on the Exe Estuary

On 23 October 2017, the South East Devon Habitat Regulations Executive Committee (SEDHREC) approved two Wildlife Refuges.

The decision followed a comprehensive nine month consultation, which the Exe Estuary Management Partnership (EEMP) was commissioned to undertake.

Further detail on Wildlife Refuges can be found here.



Background Information

The Exe Estuary is approximately 8 miles long, starting on the River Exe south of Exeter and spreading down towards the English Channel and the town of Exmouth. The towns and villages of Topsham, Exton, Lympstone, Dawlish Warren, Starcross and Cockwood all border the estuary.

Two main rivers enter the estuary, the River Exe and the smaller River Clyst, which flow either side of Exeter. Exe Estuary is a ria, meaning that it was formed from sea-level rise after the last Ice Age. The  massive change in sea-level flooded the unglaciated river valley formed by the Exe. This explains the large size of the estuary compared to the outflow of the River Exe.  This low discharge is important in the formation as otherwise the estuary would have quickly become sedimented and prevent water flow.


The Exe Estuary - an extraordinary place to live, work and visit

Exmouth - by Natasha Grieg

Located on the south coast of Devon in the UK the Exe Estuary boasts some fantastic features; it is an internationally important site for wildlife, it is the start of the Jurassic Coast, has blue flag beaches and there are countless opportunities to enjoy the Estuary through recreational clubs, bird watching sites and boat trips.

The Exe Estuary is a terriffic place to explore by foot, cycle, wheel chair or buggy (for the littler ones), with miles of safe walking and cycling trails around the majority of the Estuary which offer some spectacular views. For an informative guide to exploring the Exe Estuary you can download a copy of the Exe Explorer from our Publications page.

On our Local Information page are details about all aspects of the estuary, whether you are planning to visit and are looking for ferry details, somewhere to stay or are interested to find out more about the features or management of the Exe Estuary.   There is also information about the commercial uses of the estuary, its special wildlife and so much more.  Our Contacts and Links page will enable you to make direct contact with local businesses, places to eat and stay, and providers of cruises and ferry services.

If you would like to add any relevant information to this site then please email the Exe Estuary Officer.  We have a notice board under our News section as well as an events page that we would be happy to add your information to.

Life on the Exe

Watch our Exe Estuary Film


Your Feedback

The Exe Estuary Management Partnership would like to know what you thought of this website and receive your suggestions for improving it.  Please email your comments and ideas to the Exe Estuary Officer or call 01392 382236.


All personal details are stored according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by Devon County Council as the host body for the Exe Estuary Management Partnership. Our privacy notice can be found at devon.cc/privacy-ne.  Whilst this does specify the basis on which personal data may, where necessary, be shared with other partner organisations, there is no routine sharing of any personal data held on behalf of the Exe Estuary Management Partnership.  However, on the rare occasions where this may be necessary, the normal presumption would be for prior notice of this to be provided to all relevant parties.

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Area: 2345.71 ha

Latitude: 50 38 50 N

Longtitude: 03 26 32 W

Designations: SPA, SSSI, RAMSAR

Webcams: Starcross, Exmouth Seafront