Our woodland photography hide is now complete – it has been a bit of a work in progress whilst we completed the installation of a reflection pool, but this is now finished. Our thanks to the volunteer photographers who have helped provide advice and to our volunteer work party for constructing the pool.Now it is finished, the pool should enable close up shots of woodland birds drinking or bathing, and with an interesting reflection with the woodland in the background.
Lovely set of shots from the reflection pool by Barry Jackson & Jim Willett
The perches and feeders still enable opportunities for shots of the birds away from the pool.
Exciting news - we will be able to offer the area at weekend at other times of year - please ask if you would like more details.
Great spotted woodpecker by Nick Smith
Goldfinch by Barry JacksonWhen: hiring available during opening hours December – March, and at weekends at other times of year.Opening times: Full day (9.45 am-4.15 pm) or half day (9.45 am-1 pm or 1-4.15 pm) hire available. Pricing: Half day £25 (20 for RSPB members), or full day £35 (£28 for RSPB members). Entry to the reserve is included in the price. Want to get more out of your visit? Enquire about photography tuition (not included in the price).One to one personal tuition tailored to your needs and camera type and hide hire for only: half day £50 (40 for RSPB members), or full day £70 (£56 for RSPB members).Gift vouchers (for both hide hire and tuition sessions are available).
Afternoon all.. sad news from the South Essex Wildlife Hospital. They did all they could for 1K our Kestrel but she lost her fight I'm afraid after being taken into care on Friday. Although she looked intact she actually had a coracoid fracture in her wing where it enters the body and had obviously then struggled to find enough prey to keep her body weight up.
She was born and ringed near Guildford in June and a movement nearly 40 miles for a Kestrel is quite unusual. Mortality in any bird is high but at least she spent most of her seven months entertaining us at RSPB Rainham Marshes. Obliging Kestrels have always been a Rainham thing and there will be others to take her place.
1K in her prime 9th September 2017 - Ian Plume
Big Garden Birdwatch three day weekend is here!
Around 500,000 people took part in the last birdwatch. That's a LOT of birds counted! Now it's your chance to join in, and count the wildlife that's counting on you.You can go on line here to submit your sightings but all that is required is to get out there, clean and top up your feeders, put out some fresh water and sit back and watch for an hour...
Best of luck!
oh and don't forget to pop along to our shop should you need any of that all important bird grub or a new feeder!
Our Robins even come to say hello! Pic by Graeme Truby-Surety but they are not his nails!