RSPB are improving 930 hectares or 2300 acres. This is almost the size of Richmond Park! The marshes include Vange, Pitsea, Bowers and Gifford Marshes south of Basildon and Pitsea, and West Canvey Marshes on Canvey Island. The scale of this new nature reserve is breath-taking.
A new Visitor Centre will be built at Wat Tyler Country Park to enable thousands of visitors to enjoy the marshes. The Visitor Centre will be heated by Willow wood from the nearby marshlands ensuring no fossil fuels will be consumed. The South Essex Marshes will not only provide habitats and refuge for birds, but also for water voles, brown hares, reptiles and amphibians, insects and plants. New footpaths and cycle ways will be created to enable visitors to explore the marshes.
In addition to Parklands funding, this project is receiving significant financial support through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Veolia ES Cleanaway Pitsea Marshes Trust, East of England Development Agency, BIG Lottery via the Natural England Access to Nature programme, Biffaward, EU’s Interreg IVA Two Seas Cross Border Cooperation Programme, the Land Restoration Trust, Nature Trust, Environment Agency and Natural England.