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Review of River Users

Robin Whittle has submitted a paper entitled Review of River Users to the Deben Estuary Partnership.  The paper will inform development of the Deben Estuary Plan.  The introduction is copied below, you can see a copy of the full paper on the projects pages http://www.riverdeben.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Deben-Estuary-Plan-River-Users-REV4.pdf 

The Deben Estuary is an area of outstanding ecological importance resulting in International European and National designations (Ramsar, SPA, SSSI and part of the Suffolk Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ‐ AONB). The estuary provides habitat for many species of wading bird as well as migrating passerines and Brent Geese ), other forms of wildlife … Continue Reading

Conserving the salt marsh

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

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

Deben Estuary Plan – have your say

The Deben Estuary Partnership (DEP) is pioneering a new way of planning for the future. With the support of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB Unit and the Environment Agency, the DEP are formulating a plan which gives the local community, parish councils, landowners and local businesses more involvement in the future of their estuary. They want to know what local people think and how they see the future of the estuary.

You can join the discussion at public consultation meetings in February and March:

East bank of the Deben – Sutton Village Hall on Friday 24 February, 7-9pm

West bank … Continue Reading