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Useful Information

England Coast Path

The England Coast Path is a new National Trail around all of England’s coast and Natural England is the body in charge of delivering this ambitious project.  

The path will, where possible, have a view of the 'coast', which includes a view of the estuaries if it is decided that the path cannot cross estuary mouths.  

Natural England expects to complete work on the England Coast Path in 2020.

A number of drop-in sessions have been arranged by Natural England at village halls and libraries between Harwich and Shotley in January 2016.

Click here for the list.


Invasive species

To learn more about how you can help stop the spread of invasive species in our estuaries please take a look at this leaflet, which has been developed for estuaries in France, The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK by the European project 'SE-FINS'.

Leaflet: Alien Invaders in Estuaries: A guide to invasive non-native species

Most of the species below are not a big problem to us, yet, but if we learn to recognise them we can remain alert.  

As their label suggests they are invasive - i.e. very successful at breeding in our country, as here they are free of the predators that they evolved with in their native countries.  

Quagga mussel

Shore crab

Wire weed

Sea myrtle

Button weed

Get the app! - there is a smartphone app called ‘That's Invasive’ that allows you to record your sightings of non-native invasive species.  Find out more in this leaflet about the app.


New housing and development 

Click here for a list of planning applications, selected from Local Authority lists, which have potential to affect the estuaries.  

We try to keep this up to date every few weeks.  If you require the most up to date information please refer to the Planning Authorities' websites.

Last updated 15 July 2016



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