Resilient Wetlands

The challenge

PB307170 Exminster Marshes Copyright Mabel HarrisWater is Devon’s most valuable natural resource. Our damp climate has helped to create the internationally important blanket bogs of Dartmoor and Exmoor, wet acidic grasslands of the Culm (over 80% of England’s remaining culm grassland is found in Devon), and 3,500 km of streams and rivers, ranging from fast-flowing upland watercourses to meandering lowland rivers.

Devon’s rivers, lakes, bathing waters, estuaries, wetlands and groundwater provide many benefits. They supply drinking water and support fisheries. They provide an essential resource for business and agriculture, transport routes and recreational opportunities. Healthy water environments help to protect us from floods and droughts and to regulate air quality and our climate.

Current issues include the pollution of water courses, bathing waters and shell fisheries; barriers to fish movement; and serious flooding events. Natural Devon and its partners are supporting initiatives across the county to tackle these problems. We want productive freshwater fisheries and shell fisheries, human communities protected from flooding and better quality wetlands, rivers and bathing waters


Our vision

Devon’s wetlands and watercourses provide resilience to flooding and drought, healthy fisheries and wildlife habitats, fantastic recreational opportunities and a clean water supply.


We will

Theme contacts

  • Board lead: Iain Vosper (South West Water)
  • Executive lead: Peter Burgess (DWT), Laurence Couldrick (West Country Rivers Trust), Orlando Venn (Natural England)

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