New codes help Exe Estuary users to ‘know the ropes’

Posted on: 21 June 2018

The Exe Estuary Management Partnership (EEMP) has launched updated codes of conduct for people enjoying activities on the Exe Estuary.

The codes aim to encourage safe and responsible behaviour on the Exe so that users can enjoy their time there.

All the codes are available online at www.exe-estuary.org. They are updates of previous codes of conduct and cover a range of issues activities, including a Water Users Code, Shore Code, Dawlish Warren Code, Dog Walking Code, Bait Collectors Code, Personal Water Craft (PWC) Code and Exeter Canoe & Kayak Loops.

The codes can also be found at club headquarters and local businesses around the Exe. They are also available at various libraries and Tourist Information Centres.

The EEMP, a partnership of councils, including East District Council, Teignbridge, Exeter City and Devon County Council, has worked extensively over a six-month period with local users to create these codes.

They are supported by local clubs and groups, as well as safety bodies, including the RNLI, Exmouth Coastwatch and Beach Lifeguards.

The Chair of the EEMP and Mayor of Exmouth, Councillor Jeff Trail BEM said:

“Since my involvement with the Exe Estuary Management Partnership as Chairman, Steph and I have worked hard to engage with all commercial and recreational users of the Exe Estuary. We have listened and reacted accordingly to all groups. We would now wish to move forward as a partnership and hope that all users will promote the Exe and enjoy all that is on offer.”

Stephanie Clark, Exe Estuary Officer said:

“The Exe Estuary attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year and many are not part of a club. The codes will help local people and visitors understand how to respect others and act in a safe and responsible way. The updated codes of conduct will play an essential part in the ongoing conservation of the estuary.

“Any local clubs and businesses, who would like copies of the code to share, can contact us or download them from the EEMP website. We want as many people as possible to know about the new codes, so we’re asking people to share them on their websites and on social media.”

The EEMP carried out the review and updating of the codes on behalf of South East Devon Habitat Regulations Partnership (SEDHRP), which is a partnership of Exeter City, Teignbridge and East Devon District Councils.

The production of these new codes is one of a range of measures being carried out to protect wildlife from increased pressure linked to the growing local population.

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