Bird Disturbance on Kingsbridge Estuary

As many members know there is a bird hide down at West Charleton Marsh and the Kingsbridge estuary has an active bird population feeding as the tide allows and a large roost area as well.

There are proposals for Water Ski-ing to be allowed in this area of the estuary on a regular basis which we believe would be extremely disruptive and damaging for the resident birds and the large numbers of roosting and overwintering birds.

As a society for the protection of Devon Birds we have written to the Harbour Master registering our opposition to this proposal.  There are already water ski-ing facilities granted and in use around Salcombe and the proposed request would put further strain on the birds in the Estuary.

There is an online petition (link below) opposing plans to Water Ski this area, if you believe that this additional water-skiing will affect our birds and other wildlife please sign the petition below.

or make your concerns known to Nigel Mortimer of the South Hams AONB ( as he is collating all the community responses to put before the Salcombe Harbour Board.