National Grid donated trees, provided new oak leaflet holders and resurfaced a number of footpaths at Bowers Marsh nature reserve

• National Grid helps boosts facilities at RSPB Bowers Marsh nature reserve

  • Popular reserve is home to rare species including great crested newts and water voles
  • National Grid recently completed vital work in the reserve to keep the region’s lights on

LONDON, 09-1-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Bowers Marsh nature reserve has had a helping hand from National Grid as it prepares to receive more visitors than ever in 2015.

The £5million RSPB reserve, located south of Basildon, is undergoing a revamp to improve the visitor experience, especially for families.

National Grid, which has been carrying out vital work to local overhead lines which run through the reserve, has donated trees, provided new oak leaflet holders and resurfaced a number of footpaths at the site.

Steve Roach, Warden at Bowers Marsh, said:

“We were pleased that National Grid completed their work at the marsh with great care and we are delighted with their contribution to the future of the reserve. Our improvements are making Bowers Marsh better for people and wildlife and we expect to see many more birds visiting the reserve over the next year.”

Graham Livings, Project Manager at National Grid, said:

“The wildlife at Bowers Marsh is incredibly rich and we took great care to ensure our work to the overhead lines in the reserve was carried out as sensitively as possible.

“The reserve is a real asset to the area, and we were pleased to help RSPB’s work to encourage future visitors.”

For more information on National Grid’s overhead line refurbishment in South Essex go to

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