Stour Orwell Estuaries

The Stour and Orwell Estuaries

Harwich festivalInternationally crucial for their birdlife and recognised as among the UK’s most desirable estuary regions, the Stour and Orwell want sensitive management to be able to stay away from harm from the busy commercial shipping activities.
Harwich Haven Authority works in partnership with a number of organisations to maintain the outstanding natural beauty of the Haven.

An Introduction to the Stour and Orwell Estuaries

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Natural England
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RSPB
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Environmental Agency
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Suffolk Wildlife
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Stour Orwell Estuaries

The Wildlife Trust
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Stour Orwell Estuaries

Suffolk Coast & Heaths
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The Stour is a lengthy and straight estuary, which types the eastern finish with the border amongst Suffolk and Essex. The estuary’s mouth converges with that on the Orwell, which extends from Ipswich to Felixstowe, because the two rivers enter the North Sea. The outer Stour is becoming sandier and substrates come to be progressively muddier further upstream. There are seven shallow bays along the estuary and sharply increasing land or cliffs, covered with ancient coastal woodland and agricultural land, leaving small room for saltmarsh development, border considerably of its length. Significantly in the intertidal substrate from the Orwell is relatively muddy. In mitigation for the newest port development, component in the north and south shores of the lower reaches in the estuary have had soft silts placed behind stiff clay bunds inside the intertidal areas, modifying the substrate once again.Long stretches of farmland and wet meadow are situated along the mid-estuary, the latter offering roost websites for waterbirds. Nature conservation in the area includes the Stour & Orwell Estuaries Ramsar site and SPA, with management by RSPB, Woodland Trust, Essex Wildlife Trust and Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Sailing, shooting and bait digging occurs, though the major concern is through a marked increase in recreation activities, especially with dogs on important feeding and roosting regions. Additionally, the Stour has lost more than half of its saltmarsh over the last 35 years.This is especially noticeable on the Orwell because of its narrow mudflats. The estuaries are here considered together as one functional unit to reflect the extent with the SPA designation.

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