July, 2015

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • Probing... A wonderful waderish word

    Well, it's what they do!  We have been graced by some early returning Arctic waders in recent weeks and the most popular amongst them have been the Whimbrel with their stripy heads, Gonzo bills and whistled calls.

    Russ Sherriff had a great day yesterday and managed some quality images of these normally shy birds.

    Out on the pools there have been 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Greenshank, Dunlin, Ruff, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper and a couple of Snipe today and these too showed well.

    It looks like the water levels may be dropping on Aveley Pools so fingers crossed for a good wader fest this autumn over the coming weeks....


  • Big Wild Sleepout at Rainham Marshes - book now!

    There's nothing like spending time outdoors after dark - with nocturnal creatures taking over the night shift, it's like entering another world.

    Most importantly, we want you to experience nature in a new and inspiring way and, of course, have a great time!

    From 7-9 August 2015, we're encouraging families throughout the UK to sleepout overnight, either in their own garden or as part of an organised RSPB event.

    How you take part is up to you. You could pitch a tent, build a shelter or, if the weather's kind, spend a night under the stars.


    We know that to save nature people need to care about it, so we'd love you and your family to strengthen your connection with the natural world by taking part in the Big Wild Sleepout.

    The main thing is that you get involved and enjoy spending time outdoors together.

    After spending a night under the stars, the next step is to join us in Giving Nature a Home. To help make your garden a refuge for wildlife, or even if your garden's already pretty wildlife friendly, visit our Giving Nature a Home webpages for some brand-new ways to improve your green space for nature.

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    The Big Wild Sleepout give you the chance to camp out at Rainham Marshes!

    There will be lots going on over the weekend of Saturday 8-Sunday 9 August here at the reserve. There will be self guided family activities availale all weekend, drop in family fun sessions (pond dipping, minibeasting and more) on Saturday, the sleepout on Saturday evening, drop in family fun on Sunday (fun science) and a guided walk (The Sunday Stroll)... You could be here all weekend!

    Join us for an amazing opportunity that gives you the chance to experience the reserve in a unique way! Grab your sleeping bag, tent, and torch and get ready to explore the reserve out of our usual opening hours. We will go for a late night walk to discover all the wonders of the night (will we see birds, bats, stars and more), sleep on the reserve, explore the reserve as it awakes to a new day looking for all sorts of wildlife (including the chance to see minibeasts as we explore our special minibeast homes), and enjoy a nice cooked breakfast! 

    Book now to guarantee your space!

    For more details about the event here at Rainham look here.
    Booking is required (give us a call on 01708 899851). Price: £35 (£30 for RSPB members), Children: £22 (£17 for RSPB members).



    Here's some pictures from previous Rainham sleepouts to tempt you...

       Across the reserve by Peter Coombe


       "Why can't every morning be like this" by Lucy Holiston

      We have an easy way to carry all your camping gear!

    It's going to be good fun!

    Exploring the reserve out of hours, camping in the heart of the marsh (don't worry it's a nice dry campsite!), exploring the reserve in the dark, and finishing with a cooked breakfast! It's going to be good!


  • Full of Life

    The rain may of stopped for a few days and the wind has swung south westerly so at least the temperature has risen slightly.  Plenty of young birds out on the marsh. Not so much Lapwings and Redshanks now with all the fledging done but bucket loads of young Whitethroats, Reed and Sedge Warblers, more little Little Grebes, incoming browny Black-headed Gulls and at least two red capped Great Spotted Woodpeckers who have discovered our feeders. I suspect that they will have a blog post of their own before too long!

    Bett Atherton had a great visit yesterday and managed so cracking shots including the wonderful Greenfinch shot...

    It actually looks like this bird is being catapulted through the branches!  Great shot...

    She also got this lovely pic of two young Reed Warblers resting up on the metal dragonfly

    ahhh bless...

    And before you ask... the Kingfishers would appear to have fledged on Saturday morning at some stage but due to the reeds in front of the hole they young were taken out the back way and over the top.  I have heard the family on the Mar Dyke this morning so all is well.

    With a bit more warmth the Lizards have been out basking and some small ones have been seen on the boardwalk trip boards.

    Lizard Lounging (Martin Le-May)


    Black-lipped Hedge Snails have been on the move on the damp mornings and Michael Leary-Ohwin captured this great moment.

    So, the simple fact is that there is a huge wealth of wildlife to see out on the marsh so we look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks.