• RSPB Rainham Marshes, Spring Highlights and Recent Sightings

    Hello everyone!

    Well Rainham has had some very mixed weather throughout the last 5 weeks, a spectacular storm was enjoyed from the Visitor Centre mid April, during which a gorgeous adult spoonbill dropped out of the sky and into the reserve, immediately dipping his spoon in to feed and entertain us storm watchers. I must admit that the fantastic marsh landscape never fails to impress me, whatever the weather it presents…

    • 10 May 2022
  • Ornithological Summary March 2022

    RSPB Rainham Marshes
    Winter lingerers stayed on with the five Barnacle Geese all month and the immature Spoonbill stayed till the 20th when two new in adults lured it away to pastures new. A Bittern was seen on the 18th which was a surprise and a single Brent Goose on the 8th and 10th was the first for a while. There was some evidence of early passage with Med Gulls starting to reappear and four new Caspian Gulls hinted…
    • 12 Apr 2022
  • Optics Demonstration Weekend over Easter and some special offers!

    RSPB Rainham Marshes will be holding an Optics Demonstration Weekend from

    10:30 am on Saturday 16th.to 4am Monday 18th.

     

    Big reductions on older model RSPB Spotting Scopes.

     

    Older Model RSPB Harrier scopes reduced by £150.

     

    Harrier 80 with 20-60 zoom eyepiece reduced from £499 to £349. Only one left.

    Harrier 80 with 35x fixed eyepiece reduced from £449 to £299. Only two left.

    Harrier 65 with…

    • 12 Apr 2022
  • Winter hanging on

    It has been a very strange winter at RSPB Rainham Marshes with almost no frost or icy snap and not a single snowflake.  The wind has been stuck in the west for seems like months and the wintering birdlife reflects that.  Duck numbers have been lower than usual as most dabbling species have not needed to escape a hard eastern European winter and head west across the North Sea.  There are still plenty around at he moment and…

    • 12 Mar 2022
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes Wildlife Explorers Club is back!

    Wildlife Explorers Club for 8-13 year olds who love to get involved, explore & help nature.
    Our 1st meeting on 9 April session is a 'taster' and is free of charge & runs from 10am-12pm
    After that we shall meet on the second Saturday of every month, (still 10.00 am to 12.00 pm) and it's just £3.00 per session (£2.50 if paid in advance for the year) to join in.
    For more details email…
    • 24 Feb 2022
  • Cafe closed today - 22nd February

    Morning all... RSPBRainham is open as normal today but due to staff illness there will no cafe available. Apologies.

    • 22 Feb 2022
  • Strong Winds - Huge Tide

    Bit of a high tide going on at the moment here on the Thames.  Nothing too unusual for here but the flood barriers are all down along the river and now only the tops of the reeds on the foreshore are showing from the centre and the water is topping over the lower wall on The Garrison but everything is ok and nothing is getting flooded!

    All the reed is now under water

    Victorian Wall under water

    Teal and mallard busy feeding…

    • 21 Feb 2022
  • Snoozy Newts

    Work continues to re-vamp the old raised beds in the Wildlife Garden at RSPB Rainham Marshes and Doug Hutson, one of our volunteers, rescued & carefully rehomed 48 smooth newts of various ages in a new hibernaculum that were discovered under the rotting timbers so do take care out in the garden whilst tidying up this weekend! 

    • 19 Feb 2022
  • Photographic Hide Hire and Tuition Days - February 2022 Update

    The Photographic Hide has had a spruce up and is now up and ready for the autumn and winter season.

    The team have worked hard to improve the views and make sure the wonderful reflection pool is looking good.

    A bean bag has been left down there for use in the hide but please do hang it back up after use.

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

    Opening times: Full day (9.45 am-4.15…

    • 19 Feb 2022
  • Optics Weekend - 19-20 February 2022

    Morning all.

    As you know, we always have someone on hand to help you chose your wildlife watching optics. Well, this weekend we are focusing on telescopes and will have the full range of quality RSPB optics out on display for you to try (as well as the super Kowa and Swarovski if you fancy a gander!)

    There are some very good deals on the Avocet and Harrier range at the moment so come along and ask for Tom.

    • 18 Feb 2022
  • Closed tomorrow, Friday 18 February

    RSPB Rainham Marshes, Bowers Marsh, West Canvey and Canvey Wick will be closed tomorrow, Friday 18 February, due to the high winds predicted & Amber weather warning. This decision is not one that we make lightly, but it will ensure that staff & volunteers are not travelling at times when the winds are expected to be so high.
    Obviously the planned Friday morning walk will not take place.
    Stay home and stay…
    • 17 Feb 2022
  • Learning Assistant job opportunity

    Want to spend the summer sharing the wildlife wonders of Rainham with groups of excited schoolchildren and their teachers? We have an opportunity for a part time (2 days per week) Learning Assistant. 

    Perfect for a resting or newly retired teacher. It's all the joy of teaching without the paperwork! 

    click here for more details

    Outdoor education experience is handy but not essential, although you do need the confidence…

    • 16 Feb 2022
  • A wet a wild day - 15 February 2022

    Today the weather was appalling...

    It was windy and cold and periodically very wet but two lads (Ben and Zach) stuck at it out there and with a few additions from others managed over 70 species which is quite amazing given the conditions and just goes to show what you can find if you stick at it!

    I do not normally post a full list but...

    RSPB Rainham Marshes: 26 Greylag Goose, 74 Canada Goose, 4 Mute Swan, 24 Shelduck…

    • 15 Feb 2022
  • Into the weekend...

    Just a quick bloglet with some of today's highlights to tempt you to visit this weekend...

    Friday 11th February 2022

    • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill, 5 Barnacle Geese, 18 Avocet, 2 Curlew, 42 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, 16 Snipe, 43 Redshank, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, 26 Cetti's Warbler, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Reed Bunting 

    Reedbed Wren - Sebastian Al…

    • 11 Feb 2022
  • Cordite Store Update - 9 February 2022

    Yesterday, the wardening team (Jamie, Jake and Olivia this time...) have been working very hard to finish off the Cordite Store work. The loop inside is now open and it will be great to encounter the 'refreshed' wildlife spectacle this spring. It looks drastic but watch this space!

    Pic from our Intern, Jake Cohen

    • 10 Feb 2022
  • February Half Term at RSPB Rainham Marshes

    February Half Term at RSPB Rainham Marshes
    Join us over the half term for our free discovery trail sheets (just ask at reception) or perhaps pop down to the Marshland Discovery Zone on Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 (10.30am-2pm) where you can have the chance to look through a special microscope at some tiny pond life.
    It is a bit early for proper pond dipping but it will be back at Easte
    • 10 Feb 2022
  • Robot v The Cordite Brambles

    The contractors were in early last week and with their magic, mighty, robot they made short work of the several areas that needed a life giving haircut.

    Although it is not quite open yet to the visitors, the Cordite Store has been cleared and though it may look a little drastic it will result in a far healthier hot spot for insects and birds over the course of the year.

    community.rspb.org.uk/.../3568.8308.VID_2D00_20220201_2D00_WA0004…

    • 7 Feb 2022
  • Wildlife Garden bed revamp

    Way back on the 5th June 2008 Jamie (now our current Warden), Pete (still a valued volunteer) and Gerry (our Education Officer amongst other things at the time!) were busy building the raised beds in the fledgling Wildlife Garden. 

    As you can see the building was a lot brighter in its youthful phase and the planting around the edges of the garden had not even begun - oh and there was no Stone Pine in that small green…

    • 6 Feb 2022
  • Kentish Job Offer!

    **EXCITING VACANCY**
    RSPB Lydden Valley is an incredibly new wetland restoration project, many years in the development. We are currently recruiting for a Warden to take on the management of this newly created wetland site.
    Apply here: https://bit.ly/WardenLyddenValley by 17th February
    • 5 Feb 2022
  • Cordite Store Haircut time! 1-2 February 2022

    A few of you have been asking about the Cordite Store of late and whether we will get around to re-opening it to the public.
    Well tomorrow and Wednesday we have a company called McConnel coming with with a very impressive bit of robotic kit which will munch its way through the massively dense tangle of Bramble that has built up over the last two years during which time our usual management regime has been severely…
    • 31 Jan 2022
  • Summer Time Hours!

    Don't laugh but with the lengthening days the reserve reverts to a 5pm closing from tomorrow, the 1st February!

    Hopefully it will be as nice as today...

    • 31 Jan 2022
  • Photographic Hide Hire...

    During the festive period when the Robin Robin trail was running we had to temporarily close the Woodland Photographic Hide. After a bit of tinkering from me and some extra help from Barry Jackson we have got things ship shape down there again.
    The last person to use it was Nick Byrne-Chinn  back in November and he was lucky enough to get some great shots of the waters rails that popped out to say hello.
    Water rail…
    • 23 Jan 2022
  • Big Garden Bird Watch 2022

    Breaking news: registrations for #BigGardenBirdWatch 2022 are officially open. Get involved here  http://bit.ly/BGBWET
    We will keep the feeders topped up and get counting! Young Eve Lucas snapped this chaffinch last week. How many will we see?
    • 21 Jan 2022
  • What's about? this week so far!

    There has been plenty to see out on the reserve over the last few days with the immature spoonbill stealing the limelight (at least when it is awake!). The five barnacle geese are still out on Wennington Marsh and can sometimes be seen having a fly round the marsh along with the large numbers of duck, greylags and Canada geese.

    Spoonbill - Emily Kinder

    Spoonbill - Andy Gibbons - oh and a shoveler

    Pintail - Ben Luc…

    • 18 Jan 2022
  • Car Park Hedges - time for a trim!

    Over the last week we have made a start on managing the hedges in the car park. They were first laid in October and November 2016 and other than a little trimming of the sides and the top they have been left to thicken up and shoot up.

    Now is the time to give them a boost by encouraging them to put on new growth and thicken up further.  Last week the side facing the middle car park section was faced up by removing all…

    • 18 Jan 2022