• Woodpeckers

    Its been a good few days for woodpeckers here - three great-spotted woodpeckers in one tree together, and green woodpeckers have also been very vocal around the car park and in the woodland.
    This pic of a female green woodpecker taken from our woodland photography hide by John Humble.
    Email the reserve on rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk to enquire about hiring the hide.
    • 19 Oct 2020
  • Birds on the move

    Today, in the sunshine and with clear blue skies, a bird spectacle slowly unravelled though the morning.

    It became apparent that small groups, and some larger groups, of chaffinch were flying along the riverwall, all heading west. In just a few hours, nearly 1100 birds were counted.

    And it wasn't just chaffinches. The flocks contained a few brambling, some siskin and some redpoll.

    This was bird migration happening…

    • 9 Oct 2020
  • Photography hide and optics sales

    Our woodland photography hide is now available again, with its reflection pool.

    And we've been getting some wonderful results, including a regular female sparrowhawk that is visiting (see pic below by John Humble), and woodland birds using the pool, creating some nice photographic opportunities.

    The hide is available to hire - full day £35 including reserve entry (£28 RSPB members), and half day £25 including reserve…

    • 1 Oct 2020
  • Autumn birding

    Stonechats have clearly arrived for the autumn and winter - I'm just back from a few jobs on the reserve, and saw at least 11 stonechats in just one small area near the visitor trail. Archive photo below, by David Dent.
    And on the Target pool field, lapwing, black-tailed godwit, redshank, dunlin, snipe, ruff and greenshank all present, and curlew yesterday - autumn wader passage is also underway.
    • 29 Sep 2020
    • 23 Sep 2020
  • Help save Swanscombe Marshes

    The Swanscombe Peninsula in North Kent is home to a remarkable mosaic of grasslands, coastal habitats, brownfield features, scrub and intricate wetlands. However, the proposed London Resort theme park threatens the future of this urban wilderness.
    Known as Swanscombe Marshes, this urban wilderness is home to thousands of invertebrate species, including over 250 species of conservation concern. This outstanding…
    • 28 Aug 2020
  • Big Wild Sleep Out - this weekend

    Yesss #BigWildSleepOut is back on Fri 28th  ! We're going virtual once more. But that doesn't mean you should ditch your tent & torch. Pitch up & join us   bit.ly/BWSO2020 


    We've got a host of fun activities direct from @RSPBArne @RSPBSherwood & @RSPBMinsmere

    • 25 Aug 2020
  • Face coverings in hides please

    Across the RSPB, we are now asking that visitors into our hides wear a face covering.

    Advice about social distancing and not dwelling too long in hides, and remembering hand hygiene, still remains in place.


    • 20 Aug 2020
  • Bike hire is returning

    From tomorrow, Thursday 20th August, we can now hire out bikes to allow you to explore the reserve's riverwall alongside the River Thames, and the cycle network further afield.
    All bikes and helmets will be cleaned and sanitised before and after each hire.
    Available from 9.30am, all bikes to be returned by 4.30pm.
    Full day £12 (£9 for RSPB members) and half day £7 (£5 for RSPB members).…
    • 19 Aug 2020
  • We're Good to Go

    We are part of the “We’re Good To Go” industry standard mark. This is a self-assessment scheme that has been designed by VisitEngland and others to provide reassurance to visitors that we have clear processes in place and are following industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing. 

    • 18 Aug 2020
  • Moving water

    Keeping a wetland reserve wet during these really hot conditions can sometimes be very tricky. Currently large parts of the marshes are now very dry, there just isn't the water in the system to allow it to be moved around.
    But sometimes it can be very easy, like the location in the photo below - pull out a 'plug', let water flow from one area to another, put the plug back in, and suddenly we have two wet areas…
    • 13 Aug 2020
  • Hen Harrier Day 2020 - today - from 10am.

    Today is #HenHarrierDayOnline! We’re celebrating with our remarkable new hen harrier artwork by @AtmStreetart, to raise awareness of these rare birds.

    This year it’s all online so join @ChrisGPackham & @MeganMcCubbin NOW for a day of virtual action   http://youtube.com/HenHarrierDayUK

    • 8 Aug 2020
  • Hen Harrier Day 2020

    On 8 August celebrate Hen Harrier Day 2020, an online celebration of these spectacular birds. We're delighted to reveal this amazing hen harrier artwork by @AtmStreetart, here @RSPBRainham.

    Take part in a day of virtual action   youtube.com/HenHarrierDayUK @HHDayUK

    • 3 Aug 2020
  • Nature keeps giving

    We re-opened two weeks ago today, and plenty of people have returned to enjoy the reserve and its summer willdife.
    A garganey has been showing well in front of the Ken Barrett hide - probably a male in its eclipse plumage, but with a very well marked face. (Thanks to Chris Barnes for the photo below).
    Insects are very much in evidence, with shrill carder bees, clouded yellow butterflies and migrant hawker…
    • 30 Jul 2020
  • Update on reopening

    See the full update here..


    We can also confirm that our toilets in the visitor centre are open too.

    • 22 Jul 2020
  • Saving the Shrill-carder bee.

    Press release 2020/04 - Issued by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

    Conservationists come together to save the threatened Shrill carder bee

    A group of leading conservationists have committed to work together to save the rarest bumblebee in England and Wales, the Shrill carder bee.

    From today (14 July 2020) more than 30 organisations plus dozens of individuals, including conservation charities, government bodies, volunteers…

    • 18 Jul 2020
  • Canvey Wick

    Canvey Wick, managed in partnership by RSPB, Buglife & Land Trust, one of the 10 best nature reserves on reclaimed land



    • 15 Jul 2020
  • We are re-opening...

    Our trails and car park will open on Thursday July 16th, and we will then be open from 9.30am to 5pm on Thursdays through to Sundays each week.

    Please be mindful of our limited capacity. We urge our visitors to please stay local to your nearest reserves and greenspaces.

    Anyone choosing to visit should observe all current government advice around social distancing and hygiene.

    Some of our hides will be open - namely the…

    • 13 Jul 2020
  • The Hidden Wilds of the Motorway

    The RSPB Rainham Marshes reserve will feature in this documentary tonight, on BBC4 at 9pm.

    • 30 Jun 2020
  • Taking care of the reserve during lockdown

    Whilst the reserve has been closed and lockdown has been underway, I wanted to provide an update on what has been happening on the reserve, to reassure you that it has not been neglected or forgotten about.

    At the outset of lockdown back in late March, RSPB closed all our reserves, volunteers were sadly asked to not come in, staff worked from home where possible, and then were furloughed. As site manager, in common with…

    • 29 Jun 2020
  • Online shopping

    Whilst our shop here at Rainham Marshes is not available, don't forget that our online shop is still available..


    ...helping you to garden for wildlife, feed your garden birds, get gifts and greetings card, and much more.

    • 17 Jun 2020
  • Glow worm

    I found our first glow worm of the year earlier this week...

    • 10 Jun 2020
  • Update on reserve opening

    We know how much you’re looking forward to being able to visit Rainham Marshes again. We’re looking forward to seeing you! However, the reserve trails and visitor centre will continue to be kept closed to the public for now. We will only re-open when we have everything in place to keep our visitors, volunteers and employees safe.

    We also have some species nesting close to our normally busy paths, so we need…

    • 4 Jun 2020
  • Conservation management continues

    One key management task underway at the moment, is the use of pumps to maintain water levels. despite the run of warm weather during April and into May, water levels had held up well. But they have started to drop away now, so using pumps to move water around has been necessary this last two weeks or so. Keeping parts of the marsh wet, with lots of insect life in the damp mud, is vital to help breeding lapwing and redshank…

    • 27 May 2020
  • Big Wild Sleep Out - but not as we know it. This weekend.

    The #BigWildSleepOut is coming but not as we know it...this is the ‘Lockdown Edition!’ You’ve been loving your daytime wildlife and now is your chance to discover what comes out after dark. Join in from home on Sat 23 May - https://bit.ly/2zAww7l

    • 22 May 2020