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  • Blog Post: New Wildlife Additions In The Playground

    I have been spotted in the Adventure Playground over the last couple of days and I suppose I ought to tell you what I have been doing... Last summer Chris Campbell painted some of the timber uprights in blue or white but the weather at the time precluded me embarking on stage two... So, here for starters...
  • Blog Post: Bats & Moth Night Re-visited

    Yesterday saw the last Late Night Opening of the year and we combined it with our ever popular Bat Walk and our third Mothing session around the Wildlife Garden. It had been a cloudy and very windy day but amazingly, as the BBC predicted, the wind died away, the cloud dissipated and it became a glorious...
  • Blog Post: A Walk Among The Flies And Bees

    This week I have managed a couple of fairly bird free short walks around the reserve but the insects have more than made up for any autumnal disappointments and only the continued aerial acrobatics of our tenacious dragon hunting Hobbies has focused the eyes up rather than down. Juvenile Hobby...
  • Blog Post: Rainham Autumn fair - a grand day out

    Well that was quite a day... The weather threatened to spoil our Autumn Fair but there was too much good cheer and warmth emanating from the stall holders and visitors and the drizzle evaporated and although Sol did not really come out to play and the wind was gusty we managed to pull off another...
  • Blog Post: Autumn Fair Tomorrow! See you there!

    Evening all... a final push for the Autumn Fair tomorrow. the weather may be a bit blowy now but it is looking nice for us in the morning so come on down and join in. There will be about 25 stallholders around the Visitor Centre in both the wildlife garden and picnic area and we will have lots of...
  • Blog Post: Hobby Heaven

    That time is upon us once again and the explosion of Migrant Hawkers and Darter Dragonflies and the fledging of local Hobby broods has delightlyfully conicided in a non-coincidental way to produce some of the best aerial wildlife dispaly that you will see anywhere ouside of a full Red Arrows display...
  • Blog Post: Running out of steam...

    Now is the time of the Hawker with literally dozens of these aerial predatory dragonflies on the wing (at last). Migrant Hawkers are the most numerous and can be seen patrolling the ditches and hunting at height which opens them up to attack from the returning Hobbies, while the bigger Emperors and Browns...
  • Blog Post: Wader Arrival

    With water levels dropping on Aveley Pool as we move water through our sluices to keep Purfleet Scrape, it was only a matter of time before the big old pool started to attract waders and yesterday Pat Hart saw both a Little Stint and Wood Sandpiper on here amongst other species. Max Hellicar and I...
  • Blog Post: Another Great Wader Breeding Year!

    A guest blog by Andrew Gouldstone our Site Manager... Rainham Marshes has had a busy year so far; with a visit from the former Prime Minister David Cameron; a rally to support action against the illegal persecution of hen harriers; investment in our infrastructure including a new 2.5 mile long fence...
  • Blog Post: Lesser Emperor - what an inapproriate name - Amazing Emperor more like!

    A quick dash to the end of the ramp this afternoon resulted in a new species of dragonfly for me for the reserve after Clive 'Waspy' Watts showed me a tantalising image of a hanging hawker showing restricted blue on the upper abdomen. Thankfully it was still there and posed well after flying...
  • Blog Post: You Came, You Marched, You Rallied to a Cause...

    And so the 6 th August had arrived... Hen Harrier Day 2016 at RSPB Rainham Marshes. An early start saw the team setting up the final few banners, signs, car park and enormous tin foil Hen Harrier before opening the doors to the public at 8am. By 9.30am the vibe was amazing and the area in and around...
  • Blog Post: Pantaloons, Mimics and Stripy Blood-letters

    I have been hearing about RSPB Minsmere and its popular Pantaloon Bees on various birding news feeds over the last week and wondered what they were. mmm... I thought... we have something similar with with big hairy pollen collecting legs that I call Hairy Legged Mining Bee... Turns out that they are...
  • Blog Post: Sixteen Hours of Magic - 22nd July 2016

    With a long Centre bound day in the offing, I decided to get into work even earlier than usual and go for a walk around the trails before tings warmed up too much. And so at about half six I started on my circuit along the river wall. I fact it was overcast and trying to drizzle but it was pleasant...
  • Blog Post: Natural Born Screamers

    It makes a change to be able to tell a story that potentially will lead to a happy ending but we might just have one here... Back in June, Mike and Cathy Stratton from North London found a discarded nest containing two tiny naked chicks on a pavement next to a house that was having the roof done. ...
  • Blog Post: A sunny morning amble

    With sunshine greeting me when I arrived at work at 0720, I once again headed out with my camera but unlike my Cordite only visit on Tuesday, I managed a full circuit. The Adventure Playground was occupied by a flock of Collared Doves but there was no sign of the Turtle Dove I saw on Tuesday evening...
  • Blog Post: Dance of the Flies

    And continuing the invert theme I now give you one of my favourite little flies - Poecilobothrus nobilitatus - with his pied wings and wing-waving dance off in the fly equivilent of a Black Grouse lek to attract the almost as dapper females... the woodland at Rainham is alive with them at the moment...
  • Blog Post: Mimics, Hangers On, Blood Letters and some quality Sliming...

    With a bit of warm sunshine the non avian life of RSPB Rainham Marshes has started to become more obvious and accessible and visitors have been having a great time snapping away at everything at crawls, flies, hops, walks and scuttles. Hoverflies have certainly increased with several new species for...
  • Blog Post: Sneaky Snaps

    As part of our monitoring scheme for the marsh we have motion detector camera traps set up within the electric fence safety zone so that we can monitor whether or not we have remained fox free. As you will see our cameras have not only caught the comings and goings of our Shelduck as they stake their...
  • Blog Post: Insect World

    It is getting well into insect season here on the reserve and all we need now is for the rain to stop for long enoug for the sun to come out and warm our bones and those tough little invert exoskeletons... A few pockets of such warmth have occured since Wednesday (but defintely not today!!!!) and...
  • Blog Post: We Want Our Hen Harriers Back - Saturday 6 August

    Our magnificent reserve has a history with British Hen Harriers with the old Silt Lagoons regularly hosting the only roost in south west Essex and London during the 1970's and 1980's (I was going to say inside the M25 but it was not even built then!). From then on sightings dwindled and since...
  • Blog Post: Flamin June???

    Flamin' June?? I don't think so. It has been a bit on the soggy side so far this week with successive fronts of heavy rain moving through from the south-west. It has been quite impressive at times and I for one was glad to be in side! Ships of various shapes and sizes have been a talking...
  • Blog Post: Patch Gold - Quite literally

    Yesterday was a good day. I was out on the west end of RSPB Rainham Marshes at not long after 6.30am and spent a pleasant hour ambling along the cycle path through the lush marsh and counting the breeding warblers. A Grasshopper Warbler reeled and I managed to pick him up singing from a Hemlock and there...
  • Blog Post: The Bees Knees

    On Tuesday I glanced out of the window and spied a glorious pink Bee Orchid poking its head through the unkempt grass of the picnic area below the centre! We have only ever seen them in one little worn patch along the river wall and so this specimen must have grown here from seed rather than laying dormant...
  • Blog Post: Late Night Opening July & August

  • Blog Post: Gripping Gropper

    June is well and truly upon us and the weather has been sultry and thundery in the last few day and the marsh is looking lush and luxuriant and is chock full of Lapwing and Redshank families, no less than four Mute Swan broods and the first clutches of Shoveler, Pochard and Gadwall to add to the babe...