Erme Estuary

Site overview The Erme is a narrow, sheltered, secluded estuary. It is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and within the South Devon Heritage Coast. The estuary is a spawning ground for sea trout, and it is believed that European eels swim through. European otters even call this area home!
At risk: This site isn’t yet designated as a Marine Conservation Zone, but it should be. It is important that this site gets the protection it needs - we will be calling on the government to ensure that this site is included in the next round of designations.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Marine Conservation Zone
MPA Purpose
to protect nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology


50° 18' 57" North,
3° 56' 32" West

Surface Area

1.32 km2
(0.51 mi.2 )


22.13 km
(13.75 mi.)

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