The Stour and Orwell Estuaries Management Group is a well-established partnership that has operated since the 1990s and has more than 20 members, with representatives from businesses, local authorities, government agencies, conservation charities and local interest groups.
Membership of the Stour & Orwell Estuary Management Group:
Marine Management Organisation
Eastern Inshore Fisheries & COnservation Authority
Kent & Essex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority
Associated British Ports Ipswich
Port of Felixstowe
Harwich Haven Authority
Essex County Council
Suffolk County Council
Babergh District Council
Tendring District Council
Ipswich Borough Council
Suffolk Coastal District Council
Country Land and Business Association
National Farmers Union
Royal Yachting Association
British Association for Shooting and Conservation
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Essex Wildlife Trust
Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB
The Group is set up to "Promote the sustainable use of the Stour and Orwell estuaries through the management of human activity, in a way which is compatible with the conservation of the estuarine landscape and wildlife” and is chaired by Nick Collinson (Suffolk County Council).
The estuaries are popular for recreational activities including walking, bird watching and sailing and they host one of the UK’s most important port clusters, Felixstowe, Harwich, Ipswich and also Mistley. They are also internationally important for wildlife, particularly migratory birds.
Regular meetings of the Group are held, enabling views to be exchanged and relationships built, with the aim of conserving the long-term future of the estuaries, both for people and for wildlife.