April, 2013

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • Spring Greens

    The air is warming and sap is at last rising and previously tight buds are now opening up and verdant leaves are pushing forth. You can almost smell the chlorophyll...

    Dog Rose




  • Don't forget the water!

    I know that there has been lots of water around this winter and spring but to keep in tip top condition it is imperative that birds have access to fresh clean water for drinking and bathing. If you do not have a bird bath then a shallow turkey tin does just the job.

    James Astley caught these guys during the ablutions in a car park puddle the other day!

    House Sparrow



  • Where do they come from?

    In the last couple of weeks there have been an inordinate number of Coconuts stranded along the foreshore. Strangely enough this seems to happen a couple of times a year. Most are intact and in their husks and having opened one or two, most are perfectly sound and just fine for the birds!

    So here are the theories...

    • That some where along the river some one regularly has a surfeit of coconuts and throws them in...
    • That a rather ill placed Coconut Shy with punters with a good arm regularly loses his wares to the river (and possibly a source of the tennis balls as well)
    • That they float here from more tropical climes
    • That they are dropped over the side of some of the big Thames bound container ships as good luck offerings. Sometimes we find them wrapped up in silk hankerchiefs or scarves...


    I am open to suggestions!