River Otter Restoration Project

The River Otter Estuary covers an area of 33 hectares, and along with the cliffs of Otterton Point is designated a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on account of the fine saltmarsh habitat supported and adjacent Triassic sandstone rocks of considerable paleontological interest.

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River Otter Restoration Project

The River Otter Project is in the earliest phase of development and still just a concept. Many feasibility studies and much consultation need to be undertaken to understand if the project is socially, economically and environmentally worthwhile. In particular the benefits and disbenefits resulting from the project to all stakeholders need to be clarified and suitable partnerships and governance developed. Its anticipated key aims are:

 - Managed realignment and naturalising of an iconic river through reconnection to its floodplain

 - Meeting UK Biodiversity 2020 Strategy targets through coastal habitat creation

 - Meeting EU Water Framework Directive targets through improved health of an estuary

 - Protection of local businesses, residential properties and public access from flooding

 - Allowing natural resilience in the Otter valley to the impacts of climate change

For more information and downloadable content please visit the Lower Otter Restoration Project website.

  • River Otter bridge
  • Estuary Bird Hide
  • Otter Estuary

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299