June, 2012

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
Do you love our Rainham Marshes nature reserve? Share your thoughts with the community. Or if you're thinking about visiting and would like to find out more, ask away!

Rainham Marshes

  • RSPB Art in the Purfleet Hide


    (Oystercatchers by Mark Boyd).

    (Kentish Plover by Katie Fuller)

    Vivienne Booth, Jenny Sweet, Katie Fuller, Mark Boyd, Rolf Williams and Ben Andrew are the staff exhibiting.

    More details about what is for sale and that sort of stuff to follow!


  • Wolves on the prowl

    Down at ground level it is not safe to drop your guard as the Wolves are always out and about. There are countless species of this family of spider and all are excellent hunters. If you stand still and look down at any patch of shortish vegetation you are bound to see them scurrying around. Sometimes you will see what looks like a white ball on the abdomen; which is the egg sack that the female carries around for safe keeping until they hatch.

    (Basil Thornton)

    (James Lowen)


  • Aerial Hunters

    After a big surge in May, Swifts have become very scarce over the reserve in recent weeks. No doubt they are all busy nesting elsewhere but there are normally a few feeding over the site regardless. Not sure if the weather has been putting them off but we have ben lucky to see one every few days at the moment....  Are there any screaming colonies near you?

    (Les Harrison)