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Devon is a County that has many valuable and beautiful estuaries. There are twelve in all plus the Tamar which is shared with Plymouth and Cornwall. Estuaries have long been the focus of commerce, fishing, transportation settlement, maritime biodiversity and more recently, recreation and tourism.

All the estuaries in Devon are examples of good practice and integrated management. All of the medium and large estuaries have agreed management plans and are fortunate to have had a partnership formed to co-ordinate activity and communication. Four of these estuaries have an Estuary Officer employed to work with local people, local organisations and the official organisations that have responsibility for various aspects of their management. Where a specific estuary plan does not exist, management issues for the area are covered in other plans.

The County Council’s Coastal Officer can be contacted for general enquiries but for more detailed inquiries the following list can be used.

Local contacts for estuaries

Devon County Council, through its Maritime Role and Action programme image - PDF icon (1.22MB - pdf help)  is committed to supporting an integrated approach to estuary management.

Contact Us

Environment Group, Devon County Council
Lucombe House
County Hall


01392 383019


01392 381459