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    Nature Reserve

    Bowers Marsh sunset by Leila Balin

    Bowers Marsh sunset by Leila Balin

     
     

    Contact

    Liz Hancocks

    01268 498620

    Address

    Chruch Road,
    Bowers Gifford,
    Essex,
    SS7 5BN

    Events at this Venue

    date event
    Sun 5 Oct Wildlife Walk
    Sun 7 Dec Wildlife Walk

    Details

    Bowers Marsh is an ancient landscape alive with the sights and sounds of wildlife. This grazing marsh has played a vital role in the lives of people and wildlife for centuries. Now, after careful restoration, it’s ready and waiting for you to explore and enjoy. There are 4 miles (6 km) of nature trails for you to explore on foot, three viewing points and two picnic areas.

    Disabled accessPicnic siteRegional Tourist Board Member

    Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

    Facilities " Car park : There's a height barrier at 2.2 m. " Picnic area " Group bookings accepted " Guided walks available " Good for walking " Pushchair friendly Viewing points We have three viewing points to help you get close to the wildlife. Nature trails There are three trails to choose from: 1 km Hedgerow Stroll - perfect for little legs or a quick breath of fresh air 2 km Lapwing Trail - explore the wetland and grassland sides of the reserve 5 km Wetland Trail - immerse yourself in the reserve as you walk past lagoons, grazing marsh and reedbeds

    Opening details

    Open at all times. Car park open daily from 9 am to 5 pm except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

    Location

    Directions

    See location of RSPB Bowers Marsh on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: TQ 759869  Lat: 51.55356 Long: 0.53582

    By train
    Bowers Marsh is between Pitsea station and Benfleet station where there are regular services from Shoeburyness and London Fenchurch Street. From the stations, you can reach the reserve by foot, bike or taxi. Pitsea station is 4 km (2.3 miles) away. From the station exit, turn right at the end of Station Approach and then right down Brackendale Avenue, following the public footpath alongside the railway line until you reach Church Road which you can turn right and walk down to reach the main entrance or follow the footpath to reach the north east public footpath entrance to the reserve.

    Alternatively, using the cycle paths, cycle from Pitsea station towards Pitsea and then along the B1464 and follow the brown signs, turn right at Church Road and left at the T junction, follow the road down and you will reach the car park with bicycle racks.

    Benfleet station is around 2.3 km (1.7 miles) away.
    By bus
    The nearest bus stop is on the B1464 on the number 22 Basildon to Canvey bus route. Walk underneath the A13 via the subway and it brings you out on Church Road, go left and walk down the road to the reserve entrance.
    By road
    From Southend, travel along the A13 towards the M25. Take the A130 Canvey Island exit and at the roundabout follow signs for Pitsea B1464. Drive for less than one mile and then turn left at the mini-roundabout with brown sign. This is Church Road - go left at the next T-junction and follow the road until you reach the reserve entrance and just beyond the car park.

    If you're coming from the M25, travel along the A13 and leave at the Pitsea junction. Follow signs for Pitsea, taking the second exit on the first roundabout. Then take the second exit on the second roundabout, straight over the third and turn right at the mini-roundabout with a brown sign. This is Church Road - go left at the next T-junction and follow the road until you reach the reserve entrance and just beyond the car park.

    Parking: free

    Facilities

    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

    Facilities " Car park : There's a height barrier at 2.2 m. " Picnic area " Group bookings accepted " Guided walks available " Good for walking " Pushchair friendly Viewing points We have three viewing points to help you get close to the wildlife. Nature trails There are three trails to choose from: 1 km Hedgerow Stroll - perfect for little legs or a quick breath of fresh air 2 km Lapwing Trail - explore the wetland and grassland sides of the reserve 5 km Wetland Trail - immerse yourself in the reserve as you walk past lagoons, grazing marsh and reedbeds

     
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