• Magical November - family fun throughout the month

    Let the fun of Halloween continue with Magical November!

    This November help the Senior site Warlock, Andrew, run Rainham Magical Marshes!
    Hire out a special Wild explorer bag from our Rainham House Elves at Reception and take part in all the mysterious activities inside! Each week will see a brand new activity for you to do!


    Suitable for all ages (including adults!)
    Hire price: £3

    • 31 Oct 2018
  • Wildlife highlights - this week so far (20-27 October 2018)

    This week's wildlife stars are still the two cattle egret that are still showing nicely!

    Cattle egret by John Humble

    Pat Hart (one of our volunteers) was exploring on Friday and described his day like this: a cold wet windy morning, dryer afternoon – not the best of weather for birding – but still managed to get all three pipitsrock on the sea wall, water from the Butts Hide and meado…

    • 28 Oct 2018
  • Wildlife and some notices: path closure and shop closed on Monday!

    The cattle egrets are still showing well along with a variety of waders, ducks, and more!

    The marsh harriers, kestrels and sparrowhawk are all flying over the reserve regularly so keep looking up.

    The waders are showing nicely - we've had lovely views of snipe, lapwing, curlew, redshank and more...

    Waders on the Purfleet Scrape by Dawn Cowan - mainly lapwing with one golden plover hidden away!

    Lapwing by…

    • 26 Oct 2018
  • 20th October Sightings

    Bittern is a very scarce bird at Rainham with a single wintering bird making occasional appearances from October to March. They are almost always seen in flight and so a bird on Aveley Pool for an hour was exceptional today...  Well done to Frank and Mark for finding it...

    Bittern AND the Cattle Egret - Frank Nugent

    Bittern - Can you see it? James Astley

    Amazingly the Cattle Egret underwent some sort of cell divison…

    • 21 Oct 2018
  • Run up to the weekend

    It has been another good day out on the marsh with much the same sort of species as yesterday in beautiful clear, autumnal weather.  It was most pleasant to be outside but the blue skies made finding birds migrating overhead very tricky.

    Woodpigeon started to head south early in the day while an unprecedented number of Jackdaws (306 to be precise!) headed west on quite sizeable groups.  This is the most we have ever seen…

    • 20 Oct 2018
  • Sightings 16-18 October

    A quick update from the last three days with some quality visible migration going on and the continued presence of our cute Cattle Egret...

    Thursday 18th October 2018

    • RSPB Rainham Marshes: m Ring Ouzel, Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 16 Grey Heron, 10 Avocet, 85 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Snipe, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Pheasant, Swallow, 22 Blackbird, 12 Song Thrush, 2 Water Pipit, 18 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock…
    • 19 Oct 2018
  • Loughton Astronomical Society's 50th Anniversary Astrofest day

    Our friends the Loughton Astronomical Society have their 50th Anniversary Astrofest day on Saturday 10th November 2018, at the Village Hall in Theydon Bois, Essex. We wanted to let you know!

    Loughton Astronomical Society are fabulous, they have run activities here at Rainham before!

    There will be activities for families including free displays, demonstrations and an indoor planetarium in the morning. In the afternoon…

    • 15 Oct 2018
  • Ornithological Summary September 2018

    Ornithological Summary September 2018

    RSPB Rainham Marshes:

    September was mostly about the Thames with the marsh itself still being incredibly dry. Amongst the tern species Arctic was surprisingly the most numerous with at least 145 up river including high counts of 43 (21st) and 36 (22nd). Common Terns were actually quite scarce and a handful of Sandwich and singles of Black (4th) and Roseate (23rd) made for some good…

    • 13 Oct 2018
  • Friday October 12 sightings

    Sorry it's a bit late (in fact it is almost Saturday) but just a quite sightings update to encourage you to visit at the weekend...

    Friday 12th October 2018

    • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Cattle Egret (David Keane, PRH, BS) 3 Wigeon, 12 Pintail, Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 3 Avocet, 4 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, 2 Snipe, 2 Barn Owl, Kestrel, Jay, 7 Stonechat (PRH) Black Redstart, Little Egret, 65 Lapwing…
    • 13 Oct 2018
  • Egrets in the mist... October 9 2018

    Today was my first day back after this year's Shetland adventure and an early start saw me heading along the river wall at just before seven, having parked in Purfleet. It was crisp and looking like it was going to be a glorious day. 

    There was mist over the marsh and river and the new blue sky was almost green where the orange of the rising sun met it.  It was a crying out for some memories to be captured.


    • 10 Oct 2018
  • Still here today!

    Just a very quick update to say that the Cattle Egret is still following around its bovine friends today and in fact has just landed at the back of the Purfleet Scrape as I type this...

    John Humble...the best shot yet!

    • 9 Oct 2018
  • Cattle egret update - showing nicely Friday 5 Oct 2018

    Just a quick message to let you all know that the cattle egret was showing nicely all day yesterday on the Aveley Flash!

    Here's a guest widlife update from Friday 5 October from volunteer Pat:

    Very foggy start cleared by mid-morning to give a really sunny almost windless day.
    Where have all our Godwits gone! Over 100 last week today not one! Avocet number down to 5. But had some wonderful views of a pair of pristine…

    • 6 Oct 2018
  • Go wild this Halloween...

    Find out what goes bump in the night!

    Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog…

    Across the UK, our reserves are going wild for Halloween. Join us with your family and you’ll discover creepy crawlies, small and scaries, and things that go bump in the night! As bats flit overhead and toads call, the witching hour is definitely upon us.

    Here at Rainham Marshes we have an evening walk for…

    • 4 Oct 2018
  • Cattle egret at the reserve today - Thursday 4 October 2018


    There has been a cattle egret on the reserve today.

    The first we heard about it was a phone call from Howard (who is in Shetland at the moment) saying there is a cattle egret on Wennington (wow, he must have good eyes!)

    It then started over on Wennington (the marsh that can be seen from the Shooting Butts Hide), and then flew close to the visitor centre. We had lovely views as it wandered between the cattle…

    • 4 Oct 2018
  • What's been happening this week - recent sightings and more! (24-30 September 2018)

    It's been a breezy week here - we had a little bit of rain so the Purfleet scrape is getting a few puddles now! During the very hot summer the scrape dried, which is a natural part of a scrape habitats and believe it or not, occasional drying out can help the marsh thrive.

    Many of the summer wildlife visitors have departed and the winter visitors are starting to arrive. Some of the wildlife highlights this week…

    • 1 Oct 2018
  • Pectoral Sandpiper - still showing at the Shooting Butts Hide

    The pectoral sandpiper was still showing nicely from the Shooting Butts hide this weekend!

    Pectoral sandpiper by Andy Tweed

    Keep an eye out for more recent sightings coming in the next blog!

    • 1 Oct 2018