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Conserving the salt marsh

Click the link conserving the saltmarsh to see updated information about the current projects at Sutton, Sutton Hoo and Falkenham.

RDA position statement on access to the River Deben

Click here to see our recent position statement on access to the River Deben.

Environment Agency flood defence works in the Deben Estuary

The Environment Agency November newsletter provides information about planned maintenance work on river walls in the Deben Estuary starting in November.  Click the link for more information and a map DebenflooddefenceworkfactsheetNov2012


Deben Estuary Partnership – Autumn newsletter and update on the Management Plan


The DEP Newsletter Autumn 2012 includes information about:

  • progress on the saltmarsh project,
  • DEP management plan,
  • dredging and estuary defences,
  • the big swim, and
  • Environment Agency bank cutting and reconditioning work – if you want to find out more there will be Drop In Sessions in Waldringfield (26 November) and Sutton (30 November).

The DEP Plan progress leaflet sets out information on progress in developing the Estuary Management Plan.

River Deben – River User Survey results

River Deben from the air

The RDA undertook a web-based survey over two months from 26 February to 20 April 2012.  What we wanted to know was how people use the River Deben and what they like about the river and the area immediately around it, or what they would like to see changed.

There were 9 multiple choice questions, with opportunities to add free-text comment, and one open question.

We sent notices inviting people to undertake the survey – accessible through open pages on the RDA website – to 853 RDA members and to … Continue Reading

Portrait of the River Deben – opportunity to comment

The Deben Estuary Partnership are looking for comments by 13 April on a detailed document they have produced about the River Deben – the aim is to inform development of the Deben Estuary Plan.  The document, based on local knowledge and information gleaned from different organisations covers: landscape, habitats, agriculture, current management of defences, marine industries, access and other topics. It is now being widely circulated so that anyone with an interest can have an input.

There are spaces for comments throughout and the DEP are looking for feedback – positive, or negative, errors, omissions, additions, amendments etc. The aim is to ensure that decisions, policies and actions under … Continue Reading

Felixstowe Ferry Flood Defences Vegetation Management

The Environment Agency will be carrying out work at Felixstowe Ferry to remove vegetation from the sea walls.  Planned work includes grass-cutting in March and later in the year removal of larger shrubs and trees.  Click the link to see detailed information and a map of the area involved FelixstoweFerryFactSheet copy

Deben Estuary Plan – a new way forward

The latest Deben Estuary Partnership newsletter includes information on:

  • the Deben Estuary Plan
  • progress on the saltmarsh regeneration project
  • river wall and footpath work at Martlesham, Ramsholt and Pettistree

Click the link to see a copy DEPsAutumnNewsletter2011

Vegetation clearance in November and December

The Environment Agency will be carrying out vegetation clearance during November and December 2011. Click the link for details Debenvegetationmanagementfactsheet copy .  The rationale for undertaking such work was set out in a letter regarding clearance of  the crosswall at Felixstowe Ferry in 2009 – click the link for details EA Oct 2009 letter extract.









River wall repairs at Martlesham Creek

Approximately one mile of river wall at the junction of Martlesham Creek and the Deben, opposite Kyson Point, is being strengthened and raised. Work started on Monday 11th September and is expected to last about six weeks. The work is being funded by both the landowner and the Environment Agency. Whilst construction is taking place the footpath is closed and there is no diversion. The clay for the work is being dug from the adjacent farmland in order to save cost and avoid the environmental damage caused by hauling in the material in lorries.


Before work started, the contractor undertook protection … Continue Reading