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Nature gets a new home in South Essex

Last modified: 15 October 2013

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Nature in South Essex has a brand new home thanks to vital support from local funders. Bowers Marsh, the RSPB’s latest nature reserve in South Essex opens to the public this month.

To celebrate the RSPB South Essex Phoenix group and local Councillor Tony Ball have been filling up the car park with lots of wildlife friendly plants in preparation for an Autumn Extravaganza during the upcoming half term.

Funders involved in supporting the RSPB to create this amazing reserve, which is already pulling in a whole host of amazing wildlife are Essex County Council, Veolia Ltd, Veolia North Thames Trust, Parklands South Essex, the Homes and Communities Agency. John Meehan, Environment Manager at Essex County Council said “Essex County Council view the South  Essex marshes as one of the environmental treasures of the County which is why we worked with RSPB to acquire £5.2 million of Homes and Community funding to open up these marshes to the local communities in Basildon and South Essex. The restoration of Bowers Marsh is part of the wider environmental regeneration of the South Essex”

The Autumn Extravaganza is a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to experience this reserve for the first time and it will be running over the Tuesday and Wednesday of the October half term. Visitors will be able to bring their families along to discover this exciting new nature reserve and the amazing wildlife it is now home to. On Friday 1 November there will also be a special evening event for visitors to catch a one off glimpse of the nature reserve in the dark and discover its nighttime secrets. Doug Benjafield, Chair of the Veolia North Thames Trust said ‘“The Trust has been working with the RSPB for nearly 15 years and the Trustees and I are particularly pleased to have been involved with Bowers Marsh.  It is a fantastic place and we are proud to have been able to support the RSPB in its creation. I know the reserve will be popular with visitors of all ages and we wish the team here every success”

Autumn is the perfect time to visit this reserve as the autumn migration will bring with it hundreds of waders planning on making Bowers Marsh their winter home. It really is one of the top spots in Essex to visit for wildlife this autumn and winter.

To find out more about the events that are on during the half term and visiting the reserve please visit www.rspb.org.uk/bowersmarsh or call 01268 498620.

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