Mudflats, Holbrook Creek © M. Farrow

Stour and Orwell Estuaries Management Group

Stour & Orwell Management Group LogoThe Stour and Orwell Estuaries Management Group is a well-established partnership that has operated since the 1990s and has more than 20 members, with representatives from businesses, local authorities, government agencies, conservation charities and local interest groups. See table of members below.

The Group is set up to "Promote the sustainable use of the Stour and Orwell estuaries through the management of human activity, in a way which is compatible with the conservation of the estuarine landscape and wildlife” and is chaired by Nick Collinson (Suffolk County Council).

The estuaries are popular for recreational activities including walking, bird watching and sailing and they host one of the UK’s most important port clusters, Felixstowe, Harwich, Ipswich and also Mistley. They are also internationally important for wildlife, particularly migratory birds.

Regular meetings of the Group are held, enabling views to be exchanged and relationships built, with the aim of conserving the long-term future of the estuaries, both for people and for wildlife. You can read the notes of these meetings here.

The Management Strategy has been reviewed and you can comment on the draft between 12 May and 22 June 2016.

A popular Forum event is held each year, enabling members of the public to discuss the work of the Management Group and hear fascinating talks about the estuaries.

For more information on the estuaries' nature designations (SSSI, SPA and Ramsar sites) visit Nature on the Map

The RSPB Reserves in the Stour & Orwell area are Cattawade Marshes and Stour Estuary

The Suffolk Wildlife Trust (SWT) Reserves in the Stour & Orwell area are Trimley Marshes near Felixstowe, and Levington Lagoon  just up the River Orwell.  You can download some great waymarked walks in this area here.

Landguard Nature Reserve and Fort at the mouth of the Stour & Orwell estuary is managed by The Landguard Partnership

Landguard Bird Observatory Suffolk’s Migration watchpoint  

Downloads

Stour & Orwell EMG Survey Report August 2013

Shotley Case Study

Community-led Flood and Coastal Management Projects

Stour and Orwell Estuary Management Strategy Part 1

Stour and Orwell Estuary Management Strategy Part 2

Stour and Orwell Estuary Management Strategy Part 3

Stour and Orwell Estuary Management Scheme 2010

Stour & Orwell Eastern IFCA Information Sheet

Read the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) online newsletter

Fish identification guide

HHA Monitoring report

Membership of the Stour & Orwell Estuary management Group:

Environment Agency

Essex County Council

Royal Yachting Association

Natural England

Suffolk County Council

RSPB

Marine Management Organisation

Babergh District Council

National Trust

Eastern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority

Tendring District Council

British Association for Shooting and Conservation

Kent & Essex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority

Ipswich Borough Council

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Associated British Ports Ipswich

Suffolk Coastal District Council

Essex Wildlife Trust

Port of Felixstowe

Country Land and Business Association

Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB

Harwich Haven Authority

Landowners

 

Anglian Water

National Farmers Union

 

Environment Agency

Essex County Council

 

Royal Yachting Association

 

Natural England

 

Suffolk County Council

 

RSPB

Marine Management Organisation

 

Babergh District Council

 

National Trust

Eastern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority

 

Tendring District Council

 

British Association for Shooting and Conservation

 

Kent & Essex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority

 

Ipswich Borough Council

 

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

 

Associated British Ports Ipswich

 

Suffolk Coastal District Council

 

Essex Wildlife Trust

 

Port of Felixstowe

 

Country Land and Business Association

 

Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB

 

Harwich Haven Authority

 

Landowners

 

 

Anglian Water

 

National Farmers Union

 

 

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