The Exe Estuary Management Partnership (EEMP) has existed since the mid-1990s. Due to the complex array of organisations with (sometimes overlapping) management responsibilities for different aspects of the Estuary, a partnership approach is the most effective model by which to achieve consistent management of the Estuary resource as a whole. The EEMP seeks to conserve and enhance the estuary’s special nature and promote sustainable economic and social activity by managing competing demands and addressing any conflicts as they arise, to ensure that interests and activities are harmonised.

The EEMP is the management group responsible for the delivery of the SPA management scheme. The framework for the co-ordinated management of the Exe is provided by the Exe Estuary Management Plan 2016-2021.

Partners of the EEMP include Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Teignbridge District Council, Exmouth Town Council, Dawlish Town Council, Starcross Parish Council, Woodbury Parish Council, Natural England, RSPB, Lympstone Fishery and Harbour Association, the RYA, Powderham Estate, the Environment Agency, and Devon and Severn IFCA. An Exe Estuary Officer is employed by the EEMP to act on its behalf. The Partnership retains joint authority for the work through quarterly Management Group meetings, with a Forum Chair and Vice Chair representing the views of the local community as elected representatives.

More information about the EEMP can be found here.


The Exe Estuary Management Partnership invites local users of the Exe Estuary take part in this public consultation, to help inform the review of codes of conduct and zonation of activities on the Exe.

With the wide variety of activities that take place on the Exe, the Exe Estuary Management Partnership (EEMP) strives to work with local users and communities to strike a balance between the interests of different user groups and wildlife.

Voluntary and statutory measures are needed to keep this balance for two main reasons:

  1. To keep users safe
  2. To protect the environment

The EEMP are carrying out work on behalf of SEDHRP, liaising with local users to review and consult on zones of activities and Codes of Conduct.

Building on our previous work with user groups, we look forward to your help to develop these measures. We welcome involvement from all different users of the Exe, including kitesurfers, PWC users, canoeists, dog walkers, crab tilers and bait diggers to name a few.

The Exe Estuary Officer is now consulting with local User Groups, to ensure that the best balance between people and wildlife can be found. Details of consultation meetings can be found here:

Consultation Meetings

Please note that meetings are subject to change, so please confirm details by email before attending. If you would like to join one of the above meetings and get involved with the consultation, please email