May, 2017

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • Canvey Island Wildlife day - this Saturday

    This Saturday don't miss Canvey Island Wildlife day!

    This fab event run by Canvey Island Town Council and RSPB will have community and craft stalls, pond dipping, bug hunting and den building. Mike Dilger from the BBCs one show will be running two wildlife walks around the marsh and will then be judging the winners of 2017 Essex Wildlife Photography Competition!

    11am-4 pm, free entry.

  • Guest blog: Walk 4 Wildlife 2017

    Welcome to another guest blog!

    This blog is all about one of our amazing local schools, and their very special walk for wildlife...

    Take it away Hannah and Velda:


    Our names are Hannah and Velda, and we are part of the Learning Team here at Rainham Marshes.

    Here at Rainham Marshes we provide excellent school trips for all age groups (from Early Years to Key Stage 5). These curriculum linked course can be a half or full-day programme that will get groups exploring the natural world with exciting hands-on activities – from pond dipping, to habitat work, discovering plants or rivers there’s something for everyone.

    If you have school age children or grand children, we would appreciate it if you would mention our fabulous education scheme to their school teacher when you see then next! If you want any more information we can give you a leaflet!




    One of our local schools brings group to see us each year, and they did something very special as well that we wanted to tell you about...

    On Friday 19 May, hundreds of thousands of school children all around the UK took part in the Walk 4 Wildlife 2017, a sponsored walk with the aim to raise funds for wildlife protection and conservation. One very special school in particular, Scargill Infant School in Rainham, decided to take the challenge and chose to donate the funds they raised to the RSPB.

    They even invited one of our own dedicated volunteers from Rainham Marshes, Pat Hart, to come along and share some of his bird and wildlife knowledge with the children.

    Despite inclement weather, the challenge went ahead and the children raised an astonishing amount of £1,242.85 for the RSPB. At the end of the event, the children showed off their beautiful artwork showing their love and appreciation for wildlife.

    Scargill Infant School have kindly invited an RSPB representative from Rainham Marshes to attend a presentation assembly accepting the cheque for their wonderful donation.

    We are so touched by the generosity and devotion of these children and their teachers.Thank you Scargils!!!!

    For more information about the Walk for Wildlife visit

  • Un-common Crane

    Our spring is still giving us little treats and the last few days have been no exception.... more to come later but suffice to say that the Comon Crane found by our Site Manager, Andrew Gouldstone (he is on a roll at the moment) yesterday was a much anticipated and appreciated find.

    I made it from my home to the bird in record time and thankfully it stayed all day, feeding out in the lush meadows out on Wennington Marsh.  At times you could only see the head and neck and it looked like some sort of wierd canada Goose from a distance!

    Karl Price

    This is only the third record for the site with the others coming in 1957 and 1982 so it was long overdue a visit!

    It was still present at dusk and it was no real suprise that it was still aruond this morning too and at a little after 11am it spiralled up into the blue and after ten minutes thrermalling it headed north west slowly out of view...

    Crane with the male Marsh Harrier - Max Hellicar

    and an atmospheric ' there she goes!' shot from Max

    Tom Bell even got a video of it circling up and away!

    What a bird!