Eeee, I 'ad a reet good time the day I went t'Rainham Marshes. I were on't way to Surrey, over t'QE Bridge, but deviated off t'beaten path to Rainham for a bit of 'me time'. After I'd fed and watered me whippets, it were my turn - up t'cafe. Fabulous place. Staff were reet friendly, even though they do talk funny. Sign language worked a treat though and they got it right first time - coffee and pie (naturally). I took a look out 'o't big window over the reserve below - eee my giddy aunt, what a crackin' place! It's vast. Nearly wore me clogs out walking round 't reserve - and I still didn't see it all. Bumped into some right nice folk as I went along too. Magic. Too many birds to mention here, but t'kingfisher were a highlight. I honestly never thought they 'ad birds down south, but now I know different. There were even a water vole swimmin' abaht (see photos). Ah'll be back!
[Seriously though - called in enroute Yorkshire to Surrey and no regrets. Fab place. Enjoyed my half day at Rainham Marshes very much and really impressed at the sheer diversity of species. Congratulations to the staff and volunteers for making it what it is and I honestly can't wait to return one day soon when I get the chance]
Colin Frankland. Wildlife photography nut and appreciator of all things good.
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In reply to bob's_retired_now:
Hilarious report, Colin. You forgot to mention your Whippet and your flat cap. Glad you had a good time despite the language problems. I've only been there once and it is a great reserve.
I hope you post some photos.
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In reply to TeeJay:
Photos are now on the 'Photos' section, good folks. Not masterpieces, but I hope you'll enjoy nonetheless......
In reply to doggie:
Cheers Alan - and greetings from between Donny and Scunny :-)
Hilarious report, fabulous pics ... welcome BP!
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In reply to WendyBartter:
Glad you had a good time at Rainham, I've been a volunteer there for 10 years. When describing where Rainham is I call it "the alternative Thurrock Services". We shall be up your way in 2 weeks for the RSPB Members Weekend at York and visiting RSPB St Aidan's reserve on the Saturday afternoon.
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