DMF Seminar Series 2021


A series of FREE online, bite-sized, webinars organised and hosted by the Devon Maritime Forum


Repeating last year’s successful formula, the DMF  will be organising and hosting a short series of online seminars over the coming months. These FREE, on-line, bite-sized seminars will pack a lot into their 60+ minutes, and will be a mixture of short presentations, Q+A, and discussion.  Further details below.


Forthcoming Webinars



Previous Webinars

‘Coastal Visitor Management’ – 6th May 2021

After a desperate year for the region’s coastal tourism and hospitality sector this spring and summer holds the much welcome promise of a potentially record-breaking bumper season.  With searches, inquiries and bookings rocketing, clearly the full opening up of the sector in a few weeks’ time cannot come soon enough for both businesses and visitors alike.  Some in the sector began to welcome back customers at the first opportunity on the 12th April, others are frantically making final preparations for the full reopening on the 17th May.  But what about our local communities and councils?  How prepared are they/we for the record number of visitors that are expected to visit our county and region’s coastal areas this season?

The first of the Devon Maritime Forum’s spring/summer series of short webinars explored the issue of Coastal Visitor Management and discussed how we could support our critically important local coastal tourism economy, whilst respecting local coastal communities, and protecting valuable and fragile coastal and marine habitats.

The webinar followed the familiar format established at last year’s DMF/LNP Summer/Autumn series with three fantastic presentations (from Dr. Jenny Carey-Wood, North Devon Coast AONB; Sally King, Dorset Council/Dorset AONB; and Drs Carolyn Petersen and Tim Wilkinson, University of Exeter) followed by 30 minutes of questions, comments and discussion.


Timing Programme Item Speaker
11.00 Welcome and Introduction Steve Guilbert
11.05 Coastal Visitors – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly! Dr. Jenny Carey-Wood
11.20 Coastal Visitor Management – A Dorset Perspective Sally King
11.35 Introducing a decision-support mapping tool for sustainable tourism planning in North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Dr. Carolyn Petersen and Dr. Tim Wilkinson
11.50 -12.15 Facilitated Q+A / Discussion Steve Guilbert/Attendees


Coastal Visitor Management Webinar – Watch

Coastal Visitor Management Webinar – Listen