• Concrete Barges River Clean-up - Guest Blog by Robyn Smith

    Hi everyone!

    Robyn was one of the people that went along to the river clean up event and she wanted to share some information about the event. Take it away Robyn:

    Hi everyone,

    Robyn here. On 25 November I attended the Concrete Barges foreshore clean up event arranged by Gray's Beachcombers and Thames21.

    Thames21 is the voice for London’s waterways, working with communities to improve rivers and canals…

    • 30 Nov 2017
  • Coming Soon - Woodland Bird Photographers Hide!

    Hi everyone,

    I wanted to let you know something that is coming soon!

    As of Saturday 9 December 2017 you have the chance to hire out the brand new photographers hide!

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

    John Humble has taken these pictures of a great…

    • 29 Nov 2017
  • Ken Barrett Reviatlised

    The ongoing work to re-profile the various scrapes and rills has also presented Ian the digger driver to clear out and improve the view from the Ken Barrett Hide once again.

    This was carried out on Friday the 17th and by that afternoon it was already attracting in the birds to the newly exposed muddy margins and islands. It has become the place to spend time in the last ten days and has afforded visitors the opportunity…

    • 25 Nov 2017
  • Introducing - The Steps Series: Water Pipit

    On the 10th December we are launching our first challenge in The Steps Series. Join us to walk the equivalent of a Water Pipit's migration route from the Alps! Can you help RSPB Rainham Marshes keep up with this magnificent species?

    Water Pipit - Russ Sherriff

    The Steps Series is a set of challenges – everyone can help us walk or run the same distance as a migratory route of one of Rainham’s wildlife visitors…

    • 24 Nov 2017
  • Christmas food and the fair...

    With Christmas coming ever closer it's time to try out the new festive specials!

    Come try our new Christmas dinner soup served in a giant Yorkshire pudding!
    Containing turkey, cranberries, stuffing, and vegetables it's one of the best ways to enjoy your dinner. It comes highly recommended by all of the (non-vegetarian) staff!!

       

    We've also got Turkey, Cranberry and Stuffing sandwiches, Creme …

    • 23 Nov 2017
  • Christmas Fair Indoors at RSPB Rainham Marshes Sunday 10 December

    Christmas Fair Indoors at RSPB Rainham Marshes Sunday 10 December

    Missing the final present or two?
    Drop into our mini Christmas Fair where we will have a variety of crafts and gifts including: jewellery, cards, decorations, bags, dough craft, cosmetics, craft gin, wildlife art and photography, face painting, scrummy muffins, fossils, RSPB Shop (including optics) TuiNa massage tasters and more! The cafe will also have…

    • 22 Nov 2017
  • A Recent Round Up

    The last two weeks has seen us still stuck in the westerly doldrums but despite the lack of easterly airflow we have still seen quite a bit of interesting mainly passerine movement through the reserve.

    The Firecrests have settled down and now look set to winter with at least three performing circuits through the Cordite woodland and surrounding environs (which include the car park!) and there are still good numbers of…

    • 18 Nov 2017
  • Another Friday... Another hedge

    And so today we tackled the final hedge in our car park. The younger hedge in front of the shop may have looked smaller but it was still a full day’s work to turn this tangle of seriously spiky Hawthorn and yellowing Field Maple into a curvaceous thing of practical beauty.

    The same principles were used as on the large hedge and we got incredibly lucky and had another fine and sunny early winter’s day in which to…

    • 18 Nov 2017
  • Families - have you started your Wild Challenge?

    Hello everyone,

    How are you?

    I wanted to tell you about the RSPB's Wild Challenge - it's a free, fun family activity that you can do outside (a home or at Rainham Marshes!) and get close to nature.

    There are loads of different challenges for you and your whole family to take part in - what you choose is up to you! Wild Challenge is your chance to answer that call. Help wildlife, explore nature, and work towards…

    • 12 Nov 2017
  • Car Park Hedgelaying 10th November 2017

    As you enter the car park tomorrow morning you may be in for a bit of a shock... the view has changed... well in fact you now have a view where there was not one before as the hedgelaying party returned today to complete the last 28 yards of the main strip.

    It took all day but the end result is magnificent and will continue to provide an ever improving habitat for our reserve wildlife.

    And so like last week we shall…

    • 11 Nov 2017
  • Another Day ... more habitat & visitor improvements...

    The quest to rejuvenate the area around the visitors centre and provide a better vista for you, the visitors to look out onto continued apace today with myself and the crew of volunteers tackling the taller sallows in the dip behind the bird feeder hedge that were blocking out the view of the currently still very dry Purfleet Scrape...

    In theory if we have done things properly, what we have actually done today should…

    • 7 Nov 2017
  • Egrets - I've had few

    Our run of big white birds just keeps on going!  On Thursday a Cattle Egret spent the day moving between our herds of cows and eventually gave good views as it poked around among bovine legs in search of tasty morsels.  This species has had a bumper breeding year in the country and we were hoping that we would get one on the reserve.

    Andy Tweed...

    Sallie Jackson

    Unfortunately it has not been seen since but we did…

    • 5 Nov 2017
  • A Stamp Reminder... keep saving

    Morning all... just a little reminder to keep on collecting those postage stamps for the Save the Albatross appeal. Christmas seems to be the only time many of us get mail with stamps on any more so please put them in an envelope and drop them into our tub near reception. Spread the word and tell your friends. This is a never ending campaign and the monies raised have already gone a long way to helping to reduce bird…

    • 5 Nov 2017
  • Car Park Hedgelaying 3rd November 2017

    Last winter we layed one of the car park hedges which was a great success and has already put on plenty of new healthy growth and so with the leaves largely off the trees we set about phase two...

    This hedge of largely Hawthorn and Sloe with a few scraggly wild Privet had required a lot of preparation work before hand and Jamie, Phil, Bertha, the work party and I had spent several days cutting back the bramble and reed…

    • 4 Nov 2017
  • Shop closure tomorrow...

    Just a quick heads up about tomorrow...

    The shop will be closed on Friday 3 November while work is carried out to upgrade our till systems. We will then be open as usual on Saturday 4 November.

    Apologies for any inconvenience caused...

    • 2 Nov 2017
  • Rainham Marshes Winter Opening Times

    Hi everyone,

    How are you?

    I just wanted to remind you of the winter opening times at Rainham Marshes nature reserve.

    The reserve, visitor centre, car park and main exit road will be open from 9.30 am-4.30 pm between November and January.

    The cafe opens at 10 am, food is served until 3pm, and closes half an hour before the reserve closes (so at this time of year 4pm).

    The reserve will be closing early on Christmas…

    • 1 Nov 2017