In June 2015, Sir David Attenborough marked the completion of a scheme to expand Abberton reservoir and create more wildlife havens. Essex & Suffolk Water started the project in 2010, aiming to more than double the reserve's capacity.
The reservoir, near Colchester, is the country's fourth largest reservoir. In 2015, 15 billion litres of water were added to the reservoir. Following a tour of the renewed site, Sir Attenborough gave a speech revealing his thoughts.
Currently, the reserve is teeming with wildlife. Terns, teal, cormorant and coot all jostle for space on the 1200 acre body of water.
The Wildlife Trust collaborates with Essex and Suffolk water to look after Abberton.