Mail :
Coastal Planning Co-ordinator
Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum
Dept. of Development
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
Phone :
01752 304339
Email :

Estuary and Woodland

Tamar Estuaries

The rivers Tamar, Tavy, Lynher, Plym and Plymouth Sound together constitute one of Britain's finest estuarine complexes

The rich and diverse wildlife, landscape and historic heritage are recognised through its national and international protected areas. Because of this natural environment, the area provides enormous recreational opportunities and much needed employment for thousands of people.

The challenge therefore, is to conserve our natural and historic heritage, whilst encouraging appropriate opportunities and giving full recognition to the important needs of commerce, tourism, defence and leisure interests.

The Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum (TECF) is the estuary management partnership that brings together stakeholders to promote the delivery of integrated management for the tamar estuaries and near by coastal areas in order to ensure long term sustainability.

This integrated management will be achieved through partnership action, integrating the different policies and actions that have an effect on the coast, and bringing together stakeholders to inform, support and implement these policies and actions in a coordinated and transparent way.

This site provides information on the tamar estuaries and the work of the forum to provide a sustainable management framework.

Tamar Estuaries Management Plan 2013 to 2018

Following a thorough period of consultation, the Tamar Estuaries Management Plan 2013 to 2018 has now been finalised and agreed by the partners of Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum.

The consultation process resulted in 271 responses being received from 24 different people. These comments fell into a number of different categories including typos, comments about presentation and format and comments relating to content and approach. Of the 271 responses, just 10 were not accepted or were deemed outside the scope of the consultation and a further five were accepted only in part. The full table of responses is available to download:

The new management plan sets out the pressures and work priorities for the next six years and takes a risk based approach to the management of the European Marine Site.