Trip reports

Reserve Visits 2015: Rainham Marshes

Male wigeon swimming

Saturday, 7 March 2015

'Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day'........ and indeed it was. The sun shone brightly, high in the sky on this March morning. It brought with it just a touch of warmth, a hint of what might lie ahead in the months to come. However, the winter cold wind was not yet done, and every now and again gave us a blast of winter chills, but that didn't last for long.

Neil Greenaway and Alan Harris led the two groups on this visit to Rainham and by all accounts everyone had a really enjoyable day

Rainham offers much to the visiting birder and every visit of ours seems to bring new areas to explore and enjoy. We saw many birds, 57 species in total, including chaffinch, greenfinch, blackbird, pied wagtail, wigeon, gadwall, golden plover, redshank, snipe, coot and five species of gull. Peacock and brimstone butterflies were also seen on the reserve.

The group in their own time, visited the already well patronised café for lunch and afternoon tea and cake, which was a fitting way to round off a thoroughly enjoyable day.