• 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
  • What's about? 14th January 2022

    A quick post to tempt you to the reserve this weekend...

    Highlights from today...

    Friday 14th January 2022
    • RSPB Rainham Marshes: 129 Greylag, 5 Barnacle Geese, 189 Canada Geese, [Black Swan], 2 Egyptian Geese, 34 Shelduck, 203 Shoveler, 116 Gadwall, 656 Wigeon, 46 Pintail, 331 Teal, 47 Pochard, 29 Tufted Duc, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Water Rail, 200 Coot, 35 Avocet, 11 Curlew, 69 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 500 Dunlin, 31…
    • 14 Jan 2022
  • Eleven Years Ago - the Slaty-backed Gull revisited

    On the 13th January 2011 Dominic Mitchell discovered a strange large gull on the landfill adjacent to the reserve. He had a very good idea of what he had found and by that evening the news was out that the very first slaty-backed gull this side of the Atlantic had be identified.  They normally live around the Pacific in Japan and west coast America so this was big news in the birding world.

    Dominic Mitchell

    The next day…

    • 14 Jan 2022
  • A Roof With A View

    Kerry was up doing some safety checks on the roof of the Centre first thing this morning... just look at that fabulous winter view across the Thames and Marsh!


    So much better than this yesterday!

    • 12 Jan 2022
  • Of Early Moths and Zombie Flies

    It may be the early days of January but if you look around there are still insects to see. Two moth species have already been found in the Visitor Centre with the subtle little Agonopterix alstromeriana on the 1st and then on the 10th a delightful, tiny bejewelled Esperia sulphurella was fluttering against the window.  This cute little day flying moth is not normally on the wing until March at the earliest, so it was quite…

    • 11 Jan 2022
  • A tale of many journeys...

    Over the years RSPB Rainham Marshes has become a well know staging post for Black-tailed Godwits migrating to and from their Icelandic breeding grounds.  Some years we have had up to 700 wintering on our stretch of the Thames with many thousands more as you head out towards Southend. 

    Colour ringed birds are seen from time to time and this well travelled female was photographed on the 1st of January by Alan Shearman.  Right…

    • 10 Jan 2022
  • Ornithological Summary December 2021

    Ornithological Summary December 2021

    RSPB Rainham Marshes:

    The Cattle Egrets must have got wind that the cows were leaving for the winter as the last one was seen on the 3rd the week before they left. With mild conditions there was not much change in wildfowl numbers but a hint of east brought in a flock of 15 skittish Barnacle Geese that headed north.

    Barnacle Geese - Mark Vale

    Five more dropped in on the 21st and…

    • 6 Jan 2022
  • Off to a flying start... 1st January 2022

    Today we saw a combination of sunshine, some blue sky and rather a lot of visitors. The birding was not half bad for a very mild un-wintry day with 86 species amassed between a few observers. I do not think that I have quite got everything on the big list below but you get the idea!
    Three Great white Egrets, 5 Barnacle Geese, Dartford Warbler and Firecrest were highlights but if anyone saw the Bearded Tits, Goldcrest…
    • 1 Jan 2022
  • New Years Day - 1st January 2022

    New Years Day...
    Sorry for the short notice...
    The reserve will open for early birds at about 7am tomorrow via the visitor centre.
    Cafe (10am) and Shop and Bike Hire (9.30am) will operate from normal times.
    Have a good evening and Happy New Year
    • 31 Dec 2021
  • Wishing you Wonderful Winter Wishes

    I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas!

       Rainham's visitor centre by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)


    Just a little reminder:

    Christmas and New Year Opening Times....

    Christmas Eve - we will be closing at 2pm.

    Christmas Day and Boxing Day - Rainham Marshes will be closed.

    27 December - 3 January - the reserve will be open as usual (9.30 am-4.30 pm).

    • 24 Dec 2021
  • Have a Robin Robin Sneak over the holidays!

    If you’ve not already taken part in our exclusive #RobinRobin trail and activities, why not bring the family along this #Christmas holidays for a fun-filled adventure.


    • 17 Dec 2021
  • Friday 10th December 2021 - a good raptor day

    A fine day on the reserve with an eyeball view of this Red Kite (pic by Russell Sherriff) being the highlight from the visitors centre.
    Friday 10th December 2021
    • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Dartford Warbler, Red Kite, 4 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 26 Avocet, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Curlew, 127 Snipe, Ruff, 2 Little Egret, 12 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck, Water Rail, Green Woodpecker…
    • 10 Dec 2021
  • Ornithological Summary November 2021

    Ornithological Summary November 2021

    RSPB Rainham Marshes:

    The Cattle Egret duo became five on the 2nd and by the 7th there were ten following around the cows with at least three making it through to December.  This was a new site record and a taste of things to come I think while Great White Egrets were seen on five single dates. A single Barnacle Goose (9th) was seen with the vast Canada flock and a couple of Scoter…

    • 8 Dec 2021
  • Winter Fayre at the Blean

    Our friends over at Blean have an exciting event coming up that we wanted to let you know about!

    Coffee, creatures and crafts, the perfect excuse to visit the woods in winter. On 18 December come and celebrate the wonderful wildlife of Blean Woods at the Winter Fayre, with Kent Wildlife Trust and the RSPB.

    A selection of stalls, crafts, activities and games for all ages – and learn more about what Kent Wildlife Trust…

    • 6 Dec 2021
  • Some important December updates...

    From 6 December the reserve will be opening on Mondays once again. This means we will be open Monday-Sunday, seven days per week.

    The visitor centre, café, shop, toilets, reserve trails and hides will be open every day 9.30 am-4.30pm (till 1st February when it reverts to a 5pm closure)

    Please note that on week days during December the café will be running a limited service due to staffing levels – snacks, cakes…

    • 1 Dec 2021
  • Celebrate your inner Robin on our adventure trail this Christmas!

    A needle felted robin sings, wings wide, from the top of a Christmas tree. Robin Robin is from the Netflix and Aardman film



    We’re delighted to be partnering with Netflix and Aardman on Robin Robin, a half-hour, stop-motion, festive story for the whole family, about a young robin trying to fit in. It’s debuting on Netflix on 24 November – get the date in your diary! 

    To celebrate, we’re inviting you to join exclusive Robin Robin-themed adventure trails right here at RSPB Rainham Marshes this Christmas season. 


    • 14 Nov 2021
  • Please take a moment...

    On both Thursday 11th and Sunday 14th November we shall be observing the two minutes silence on the reserve. If you are here at those times please kindly join the staff and volunteers in a few moments of quiet reflection. Thank you in advance

    • 9 Nov 2021
  • A new project in north Essex

    A short little video of this amazing ongoing RSPB project at Horsey Island in Hamford Water in North Essex, creating wonderful new habitat for little terns in partnership with
    Boskalis Wessie, Harwich Haven, Van Oord and the Environment Agency.
    • 9 Nov 2021
  • Ornithological Summary October 2021

    RSPB Rainham Marshes:

    Many of the good species from late September lingered into October with the Pectoral Sandpiper staying until the 10th and once again there was a fine selection of big white birds.  The two Cattle Egrets became four on the 17th and five from the next day while Great White Egrets were seen on several dates with two on the 29th at least.  A Spoonbill dropped in on the 9th and 10th and the East Tilbury…

    • 6 Nov 2021
  • Dungeness & Lydden Senior Site Manager job opportunity

    We are looking for somebody with energy, vision and a passion for wildlife to lead our work at Dungeness & Lydden Valley!

    Click below for more detaiils of this amazing opportunity



    • 5 Nov 2021
  • Winter Closing Hours: 9.30 am-4.30 pm

    Autumn is over and winter is coming and the reserve opening hours are now 9.30am to 4.30pm from 1 November through to the 31 January but we are still currently closed on Mondays. Sunsets this time of year can be epic...

    Picture by Howard Vaughan

    It's been nice for wildlife recently - the cattle egrets are showing nicely, wintering duck numbers are building up - and we had the Dartford Warbler showing over the weekend…

    • 1 Nov 2021
  • Optics Event 30 and 31October 21

    RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve Optics Event 30th and 31st October 21

    Some ideas...

    Are planning a Winter getaway as Covid restrictions ease?  Do you need new light weight optic to fit into your luggage. Looking for a Christmas present or just fancy treating yourself?

    Check out our range of RSPB, Opticron and Viking light weight telescopes.

    RSPB Avocet 50mm Compact scope

    This truly compact and fully waterproof birdwatching…

    • 26 Oct 2021
  • Old Hall Marsh car park closure - tomorrow 26 October

    Just a reminder - the reserve car park at Old Hall Marshes (Maldon) will be closed tomorrow Tuesday 26 October for important resurfacing work to the car park and access track, apologies for any inconvenience.

    (Image - Andy Hay rspb-images.com)

    • 25 Oct 2021
  • Old Hall Marsh - car park closure 26 October 2021

    Please be aware the reserve car park at Old Hall Marshes (Maldon) will be closed on Tuesday 26 October for important resurfacing work to the car park and access track, apologies for any inconvenience.

    (Image - Andy Hay http://rspb-images.com)

    • 20 Oct 2021