Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • Wildlife Highlights: 22-23 September 2018

    The weather has been interesting this weekend, but we have seen quite a lot of wildlife...

    An osprey flew over on Saturday afternoon, lots of kestrel, sparrowhawk, marsh harrier, peregrine, barn owl (in the roosting box in the woodland), and hobby sightings too.

    An easterly, rain and a rising tide brought arctic and common tern and four great skuas along the Thames on Sunday.

    There were quite a few waders around - the highlight was probably the pectoral sandpiper (seen on the Tringa Pool at the end of the Northern Trail) on Sunday. Other waders included ruff, redshank, dunlin, black tailed godwits, curlew, avocet, and water rail.

    The waterfowl sightings included teal, pintail, shoveler, gadwall, shelduck, and greylag.

    Swallow, sand martin, and house martin are still being seen as well - keep your eyes to the skies!

    Bearded tit, siskin, yellow wagtail, meadow pipit, stonechat, cettis warbler and chiffchaff have been seen around the reserve as well.

    At reception we can tell you the latest sightings and show you where the locations are on the reserve - so do ask us what has been seen!

    This is the juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper that was seen today (Sunday)... picture by Andy Tweed:

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    If you would like to discover he reserve with a guide you would join our Wildlife Walks.
    The Wildlife Walks take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 9.30am, the second Friday of the month at 10 am and on the third Sunday of the month at 1 pm.

  • Hire-a-Guide is here...


    Take a personal tour around Rainham Marshes with an expert guide looking for wildlife and discovering the unique history of the reserve. Your guide will tailor the experience for you, be it whether you are interested in birds, butterflies, bees, flies, bugs and other insects, plants, history or even a little bit of everything! They will answer your questions so that you can discover RSPB Rainham Marshes your way. Gift vouchers are available and Christmas (sorry) is not too far away...

    Booking is required - to book your guide, or to buy a gift voucher call us on 01708 899851.



    Willow Emerald - Ian Plume


    When: available during opening times – give us a call and we try to find a leader to match with your requirements!



    Kestrel - John Humble


    Pricing: £25 (£20 RSPB member) for the first person, and £5 (£4 RSPB member) for each additional person. Maximum of four people for approximately a three hour walk.


    Vipers Bugloss - HTV


    Procedure: booking and payment in advance required. To book or for more details contact the reserve on 01708 899851 or email rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk for more detail or to book your slot!



    Dingy Skipper - HTV

  • The Photographic Hide is ready for hire again!

    From Monday 1 October the photographic hide will be available once again...

    Our purpose built hide allows close views of feeding woodland birds. There is a feeding station and reflection pool in the area to attract birds and a number of natural perches so you can get some lovely shots!

    When: hiring available during opening hours if area not in use with schools

    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? You could have a 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).

    For more details and to book please contact us: Telephone: 01708 899851

    Email: rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk