Good morning members.  Your committee last met on July 15th. and, with things being as they are, very little of importance was discussed.  Our next meeting will be at the beginning of September.  We have decided to reduce our committee meetings to around 7 per year, including the AGM, calling extra meetings should situations arise that require our collective decision.  Salient points will be reported in these newsletters.

Obviously we are still unable to organise any social events but we are hoping that our evening cruise around the estuary will be able to take place in September.  This will be in the new Kingsbridge/Salcombe ferry that has replaced River Maid, the Lady Mary.  She is smaller with, I believe, a capacity in normal times of 50 passengers.  We may look at cruises on two evenings to satisfy the usual high demand.  Lady Mary has commenced running daily services between Kingsbridge and Salcombe if you fancy a trip.  

The South Hams Estuaries Officer, Nigel Mortimer has again been in touch, his message follows:

“Hi Tony Please may I firstly thank your members for their donation of a couple of windsurf masts following my request for some poles to push the invasive oysters down into the mudflats in the mouth of Collapit Creek. 

Secondly, please would your members help with keeping an eye out on the Kingsbridge Creek’s end slipway road drains outfall for a persistent pollution issue – Kingsbridge Town Council have kindly offered to deliver copies of the attached flyer around the local properties within the outfall’s water catchment area. We are asking anyone seeing an incident to ring the Environment Agency 24-7 as a priority, to help them build up a better picture of when and how these incidents are happening – as you may have heard in the local media, this incidents have been going on for some time but they are very short duration and are proving difficult to trace. Your members are welcome to also report these incidents to the Harbour or myself but it is really the EA that should be the absolute priority please. 

With very best wishes 

Nigel

Nigel Mortimer      
Estuaries Officer – South Devon AONB Unit”

Nigel.Mortimer@SouthDevonAONB.org.uk
Follaton House, Plymouth Rd, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5NE
01803 229335
Please note my new number: 07971 544010 (NB not 24/7 & sorry, no signal in the office!)
www.SouthDevonAONB.org.uk

Our Boatwatch members have been reporting this white discharge from alongside the town slipway for some time.  Its source remains a mystery.  The Environment Agency hotline is 0800 807060 should any of you see another ocurrence.  Sorry, couldn’t attach Nigel’s flyer.

I am pleased to be able to report that membership numbers are still holding up, in fact numbers are slowly increasing, thanks for your loyalty in this strange time.  Our financial situation remains sound.

On our web site members’ advertisements  are working well with articles selling.  It is easy to use for buyer or seller, do keep an eye on it.

Having nothing else to report I will conclude with hopes that we will all be able to get together in the not too distant future.

Tony Watson.