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Bowers Marsh

667ac/270ha  

Grid ref: TQ 755 867 (click for o/s map)

Updated 25/08/2014


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Bowers Marsh is former grazing marsh, drained 60 or so years ago to grow arable crops. Acquired by RSPB with support from Veolia Environmental Services, who operate the tip nearby, water levels have been raised to create both freshwater and saline lagoons and to reinvigorate the original ditches, lined with reeds and other aquatic plants.

Large numbers of birds occupy the lagoons and wet flushes in winter. Most noticeable are the gulls, resting from feeding on the tip nearby, alongside large flocks of lapwing, teal and wigeon. Such a quantity of potential food attracts birds of prey such as marsh harriers.

In spring, lapwings display and skylarks spiral up in song as they prepare to breed, and summer brings dragonflies such as four-spotted chaser and ruddy darter along the ditches.

Visiting

South-east of Pitsea, reached via Church Lane, which turns south off London Road (B1464) about 1km east of Pitsea. For part of the way, Church Lane is an uneven single track with passing places, with deep puddles in wet weather.

Pitsea station (Fenchurch St line) is a couple of miles away – from there turn right out of Station Approach then right into Brackendale Avenue, then follow the footpath beside the railway to Church Road, turning right down to the reserve.

Accessible at all times. Car park open daily 9am to 5pm except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year.

Winter for large numbers of wetland birds.

Loose-surfaced flattish paths throughout, but with shallow standing water in places in winter.

No dogs allowed except registered assistance dogs. On public footpaths please keep dogs on leads.


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