River Axe (Lyme Bay)
The River Axe is a river in Dorset, Somerset and Devon, in the south-west of England. It rises near Beaminster in Dorset, flows west then south by Axminster and joins the English Channel at Axmouth near Seaton in Lyme Bay. During its 22-mile (35 km) course it is fed by various streams and by the tributary rivers Yarty and Coly.
It is a shallow, non-navigable river, although its mouth at Axmouth has some boating activity.
Fish include brown trout, dace, roach and occasional salmon. In 1999 a section was designated an SSSI. The 13 kilometres (3.2 acres) from the confluence with the Blackwater River (ST325023) to Colyford Bridge (SY259927) has both biological and geological interest. The salmon, bullheads, otters, medicinal leeches and kingfishers are all of particular value, as is the diverse aquatic and marginal plant life. The geomorphology of the meanders south of Axminster are the particular geological interest.
- Rivers of the United Kingdom
- River Axe (Bristol Channel)
- List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Devon
- Investigation of the impact of land use management scenarios on diffuse source nutrients in the River Axe catchment MRes Thesis
- River Axe Fishing Reports
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