Case Study: Habitat creation – Water treatment system – Steart Marshes


The Steart Marshes nature reserve is an innovative response to dealing with the squeeze on wildlife along the coasts in the UK.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) are managing the nature reserve and visitor centre at Steart but this comes with its own challenges. The visitor centre needs toilet facilities but whilst there is water into the site, there is no facility to take foul water away from the site.

The solution is working very well and has the following advantages:

  • energy use is low
  • it is natural-looking and in-keeping with the surroundings
  • the use of native plants encourages biodiversity
  • the water is treated to a high quality
  • everything is kept on site which means that no local sewage system is necessary
  • The solution also means that no soakaway is necessary which has avoided the potential problem of waste
  • later leaching into the local ditch network.

JPR has achieved the aim of a low energy, natural sewage treament system and the clients are very happy with the result.