Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • A Spoony for the weekend!

    Just a quick post this evening to tempt you over the reserve this coming hot weekend especially if you wish to avoid football, tennis or both!

    Friday 13th July 2018

    • RSPB Rainham Marshes: imm Spoonbill, juv Med Gull, 300 Black-headed Gull, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Snipe, Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 7 Marsh Harrier, 10 Bearded Tits, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets. Curlew, juv & f Cuckoo

    Another new Spoonbill! - Andy Tweed

    And a juv Cuckoo video from Pat Hart

  • Ragwort... we need your help next week 16 - 20 July

    Morning all... it is that time of year again when the marsh turns a vivid shade of yellow. It looked like the Ragwort was not that extensive this year but then it suddenly exploded again and we need help. As you know we love the Ragwort outside the electric fence where it provides an important nectar source for countless butterflies, bumble and solitary bees and the voracious caterpillars of the Cinnabar moth. However it is poisonous to cattle if eaten in quantity and as they tend to leave it alone it takes over (bit like the Goats Rue...) and so next week has now been designated Rainham Marshes Rag Week.
    Monday to Friday next week (16th-20th) we shall be tackling the problem and so if you can spare us two hours to help out then please meet at the visitors centre at 0930 for a 1000 start. Feel free to bring your own stout shoes and gloves but have lots should you be without either.
    No need to book just come along and help out.
  • Guest Blog - A Cuckoo Steps Series Update, By Robyn

    Hi everyone Robyn here,

    So I have been very quiet about our cuckoo steps challenge. Mainly because we lost by quite a way sadly... Victor (our BTO tracked cuckoo) reached the UK by around the 20th April and we are still stepping our way back from Central Africa to Rainham Marshes. Good news! We are around 2.5 million steps off our target which means since the start of the challenge in late February our visitors have walked over an incredible 11 million steps!!

    We have done an amazing job so far, and now we are giving you the challenge to see if we can reach Rainham Marshes by the end of July!

    Cuckoos were still being seen/heard on the reserve two days ago so there are still a couple around but lets see if we can get to the UK before they all leave. To put into perspective, we have walked across the Sahara from the Central African Republic and have just made it into Europe into Alicante in Spain!

    How much longer do you think it will take us to reach Rainham Marshes? Let's get going!

    Cuckoo at Rainham Marshes by Lee Spence



    Did you know?  We’ve lost over half the number of cuckoos in the UK over the last 20 years. Since 2011 BTO have been satellite-tracking Cuckoos to find out why.