Welcome to the Colne estuary

Welcome to the web site for the Colne Estuary Partnership.

The Colne estuary is an area of international conservation importance, as well as being of great significance to the history, culture and people of north Essex. See Background for more information about the Colne Estuary Partnership.

The estuary is important to a wide range of stakeholders involved in recreation and leisure, aquaculture, commercial fisheries, coastal protection, nature conservation and research.

The Colne estuary is one of the most studied estuaries in the UK. Research at the University of Essex has studied the ecology, chemistry and biology of the estuary for over 30 years.

The Colne estuary contains many important habitats, including saltmarsh and mudflats. The estuarine habitats are designated both nationally and internationally for their importance to the conservation of biodiversity.

The Colne Estuary Partnership consists of a Management Group and a broader Advisory Group, designed to represent the sometimes conflicting interests of the users of the estuary and its resources.

Click here to view images of the estuary and its stakeholders, or here to contact the Colne Estuary Partnership.

Latest news: Proposed Colne MCZ consultation now open

(Click link to view details)

Minutes from the most recent Advisory Group meeting at Wivenhoe Sailing club on Thursday 21st June available here.

Essex & Suffolk Shoreline Management Plan consultations

Water quality in the Colne

The Colne estuary (along with the Blackwater) has been identified by the Balanced Seas Regional Stakeholder Group as a proposed new Marine Conservation Zone to be established under the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009).

The proposed MCZ plans are now open to public consultation. More info can be found at the DEFRA website.

The latest reports from the RSG are available here and from the Balanced Seas website with more details of the project.

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