You may have seen my last post (you can see it here). We have made the difficult decision to close our Rainham Marshes visitor centre, café, shop, and hides to visitors. We want help you enjoy nature at this time, which is why we are keeping our trails and car park open at no charge.
Please read this whole post for full details of everything you need to know!
Where can I walk?
You can explore the main trails of the reserve and the River Wall part of the reserve.
Please note: we have split the reserve into two to make it good for everyone - we allow dogs, bicycles, scooters and footballs along the River Wall but not on the main section of the reserve.
Please remain at least 2m from other people and follow government guidance on personal hygiene.
How do I access the main trails?
To get onto the main trails you access by a gate near the shop - next to the exit only turnstile that brings you out into the car park.
If you are in the car park looking at the shop, it will be round to the right.
Rainham Opening Times:
9.30 am-5 pm (the car park and gates will lock after this time)
The toilets at the visitor centre will be open every day during opening times.
The toilets on the reserve (half way round near the Shooting Butts Hide) will remain closed.
What is closed?
The visitor centre (including bicycle hire), cafe, shop, and hides will remain closed. Events have been postponed for the time being.
What footwear do I need?
If you would like to walk the whole loop of the reserve walking boots are recommended. It's pretty muddy in places!
Can I have a map?
You can download a map from our website (rspb.org.uk/rainham and in 'plan your visit' there is a download section).
Is there a charge?
We want to do everything we can to help people and our local community safely experience nature at this time, which is why we are keeping our reserve trails and car park open. Therefore, we are also waiving our entrance fee so people can enjoy our site at no cost.
What might I see?
Recently we have seen common scoter on the river, avocet, lapwing, redshank, black-tailed godwit, ruff, snipe, water rail, oystercatcher, curlew, wheatear, water pipit, rock pipit, blackcap, stonechat, chiffchaff, bearded tit, shelduck, pintail, pochard, gadwall, tufted duck, raven, jackdaw, rook, marsh harrier, peregrine, buzzard, red kite, and short-eared owl.
Common scoter and a gadwall on Thursday - Niall Keogh
How do I keep up to date with the reserve?
If you are unable to get out into nature physically, then we will be here providing updates, news, photos, blogs and more, to help you keep connected with nature over the coming weeks. You can follow us on @RSPBRainham on Twitter and Facebook and here on the blog.
We are thinking of doing little video blogs, or perhaps some live videos so you can chat to us too - would that be of interest?
Are bicycles/ scooters/ dogs/ ball games allowed?
The River Wall section of the reserve is good for dogs, bicycles (for more details about the cycles routes have a look here).
Are the other Essex reserves open?
Yes - RSPB Wallasea, Old Hall and the South Essex reserves are open as usual (please check their opening times).
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