The latest information and data on the ‘State of the Exe Estuary’ is now publicly available through a new online ‘toolkit’.
Thanks to the generous funding from the locality budgets of Jeffrey Trail BEM, Su Aves, Marina Asvachin, Christine Channon, John Clatworthy, Percy Prowse, Richard Scott, Margaret Squires, and Carol Whitton, the Exe Estuary Management Partnership have been able to create this innovative online resource.
The State of the Exe Estuary Reports have always included a wide range of information on how the estuary is managed, recreational and commercial use, history and archaeology, and wildlife, habitats and designations. However, unlike previous versions of the printed report, this approach offers interactive access to the most current sources of information and environmental data.
Being able to readily access information and environmental data, such as water and air quality, has long been requested by the public in order to help them understand the health of the Estuary. The online toolkit also acts as a ‘one stop shop’ allowing many environmental conditions of the Exe Estuary, and more, to be checked on a near ‘real-time’ basis, through links to partner pages.
This is the first time the Exe Estuary Partnership have reviewed the ‘State of the Exe’ since the last paper report was produced in 2014. Regular reviewing the State of the Exe is an important procedure as it allows comparison between the present condition of the estuary with the condition of the estuary captured within past reports (available through the toolkit). It also helps shape the way that the Exe Estuary is managed, ensuring that this special environment can be enjoyed not only now, but by future generations to come.
Also, switching to this online resource is much more sustainable due to reducing paper waste and other associated printing materials. Not only this, in the long term, it reduces the amount of officer time required to keep the content up to date, allowing more time to be spent on other areas of work.
The State of the Exe Estuary Toolkit can be accessed through the following link: