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  • Blog Post: Still bobbing... if you have the patience to find him!

    Our wee little Jack Snipe has been seen during the week and was found on Africa Island (it's obvious why when you see it!) and on the bund closest to the Purfleet Hide. Jack to the right of a chunkier Common Dumpy Jack with the open stripy face Both shots at long range by Russ Sherriff...
  • Blog Post: Not bothered....

    We same to have acquired a fairly obliging female Kestrel along the river wall at the moment and although not quite up to the antics of 'Nelson', this one has allowed several people to get some great shots as she hovers overhead before pouncing on her prey... Ken Bentley ...
  • Blog Post: Reed Bunting Showcase

    Last Saturday in the glorious sunshine that accompanied our fair, Basil Thornton took a superb series of shots of a single female Reed Bunting as she fed, completely unconcerned on a couple of Reedmace heads.... Simply a fantastic collection of images that proves that even the females of this familiar...
  • Blog Post: A Panic Striken Day

    Evening all... a bright and blustery day on the reserve today with a stiffening wind bringing down the afternoon temperatures... Anyway, I digress... Bill Rowe had a fantastic Water Pipit in Aveley Bay this morning with the Rockits and walked into the centre as I picked up two male Ruff heading off the...
  • Blog Post: Birds eye view of Rainham

    Morning! Earlier in the week Howard posted a blog about the Drone'coptor that we had over the reserve the other day (if you missed it check it out here )... Well let me remind you... On Saturday 13 December our lovely Warden Nicole headed out onto Wennington with a chap and his Drone'coptor...
  • Blog Post: Christmas and New Year Opening Times

    Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) Hi everyone, Just so you know this is our opening times over the holiday period : Christmas Eve , Wednesday 24 December - we will be closing at 2pm (including reserve, café, visitor centre, car park and main entrance road). Christmas Day , Thursday...
  • Blog Post: Give me sunshine....

    Some mid afternoon sunshine was enough to stir loads of dozy Bluebottles from their slumber to clumsily bounce around on the veranda at work where they were doing their utmost to soak up the weak sunbeams that were focused on there. The white planks were the most popular and you could see them turning...
  • Blog Post: The Christmas Sales start early! From today in your RSPB Shop!

  • Blog Post: The Christmas Sales start early! From tomorrow in your RSPB Shop!

  • Blog Post: Fabulous Frushes

    At long last we have a small flock of about 20 Fieldfares knocking around between the riverwall, centre gardens and woodland. They are finding the hawthorn berries to their delectation and have been joined by many Redwings and quite a few Blackbirds. The bright weather at the weekend encouraged quite...
  • Blog Post: 'Kronk kronk.... get orrrrfffff my land!'

    On Saturday Nicole headed out onto Wennington with a chap and his Drone'coptor to try and get some images and film of the works out on Wennington. You will have to wait and see if I can share the footage here though... bit big at the moment! However, when it was up whirring about it attracted...
  • Blog Post: Shining Ducks

    The last two days have been glorious here and yesterday in particular was a stunning crisp calm winters day which was just perfect for drawing in the crowds for our very successful Christmas Fair. The duck were especially good right out in front of the Purfleet Hide and Dick Jeffries got some superb...
  • Blog Post: Pathway updates...

    Hi everyone, How are you? Just an update about the paths at the moment... In high winds the woodland may be closed – please ask for details. Also, we have been doing some maintenance work on the boardwalk past the Purfleet hide . You can get past, although there is a two inch...
  • Blog Post: Important - pathway restrictions

    Please note that there are a few restrictions on the walkways at the moment. The woodland will be closed until the high wind conditions change. This means that there is no access to the woodland area, cordite store, and the loop round the back of the woodland. You will be able to visit the viewing...
  • Blog Post: Rainham's Christmas Fair!

    It's nearly here - it's TOMORROW !! The Rainham Marshes nature reserve Christmas Fair ! Don't miss out! 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, cosmetics...
  • Blog Post: You do not have to walk far....

    Lawrence Rogers spent some time around the feeders yesterday and got some superb shots of some of the species coming to the feeders by the visitors centre. I reckon that with a bit of patience you too could get some similar shot of the birds coming into your own garden. Why not create a screen to...
  • Blog Post: Special shop offer... 20% off selected bird seed from five days from tomorrow

  • Blog Post: Blue Sky Raptor

    A cracking morning with beaming sunshine, blue skies and fluffy clouds. Flocks of Lapwing, Golden Plover and Dunlin are shimmering over the marsh and the Wigeon flock seems to be on the increase... Star of the show so far was this magnificent Red Kite that cruised east and across the river into Kent...
  • Blog Post: Book Signing at our Christmas Fair Saturday 13 December

    On top of everything else next Saturday we shall also have Frank Watson here to sign his excellent book about the Thames Estuary... Looking forward to seeing you.... 8-12-14
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  • Blog Post: Here for the winter

    We have at least one pair of Blackcaps in the gardens around the centre at the moment. They seem particularly fond of the roses with the tiny hips just below the main window which allows good close views while supping a nice hot cuppa... I suspect that these are not British but continental immigrants...
  • Blog Post: Lovin' a Lawn

    Our Green Woodpeckers are once again performing well on the cut grass around the visitor centre. The female in particular (with her solid black moustaches) can be especially approachable and various people have managed to get some great shots as she looks for her daily supply of ants. (Roy Rookes...
  • Blog Post: Monthly Summary November 2014

    Ornothological Summary November 2014 RSPB Rainham Marshes: Often a quiet month unless we get some ‘proper’ weather and this was no exception. The Ravens probably stole the show with sightings of the pair becoming daily and three together on the 14th. Such a great addition... A single Brent...
  • Blog Post: What do they find to eat?

    I bet you wonder what all these little insectiverous birds actually find to eat on the marsh on a dank winters day? Most of what sharp eyed birds like the Cetti's Warblers, Robins and Stonechats are looking for and catching is tiny and you are unlikely to see what it is but sometimes they will...
  • Blog Post: Battling Shouty Warblers

    Our Cetti's warblers are incredibly vocal at the moment as the males reaffirm their winter territories and new birds attempt to set up their first. Two are still battling it out for control for the Wildlife Garden with one on each side and I think that there are possibly two more using the carpark...