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New wetland reserve for marshes

Part of south Essex marshes will be protected as a new 667 acre (270 hectare) nature wetland reserve.

RSPB and waste firm Veolia Environmental Services have signed a 150-year lease to rent land on Bowers Marsh in Pitsea at a peppercorn rent.

Bowers Marsh is next to Veolia's Pitsea reclaimed landfill site and will form part of the 9.3 sq mile (15 sq km) "green lung" of south Essex marshes.

A public consultation will now take place for people to see the plans.

An RSPB spokesman said: "It shows how waste management and nature conservation organisations can work together for our environment, our wildlife, and our communities."

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