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  • Blog Post: Ice skaters

    With ice holding the stiller waters in its cold grip for the last few days it has made interesting viewing around the woodland feeders where previously dropped seed that would have sunk in the blackness is now just sitting around waiting to eaten... This has provided visitors with excellent views...
  • Blog Post: Who hasn't seen a Kronker yet?

    Ravens are early breeders and it will not be too long before 'our' pair of these goose sized monster corvids start a new family on their breeding territory a few miles away. I would like to think that as they have become so accustomed to the marsh and the bounty that it holds that they will continue...
  • Blog Post: Predatory Action

    The Marsh Harriers were especially active again yesterday with at least four different females-types being seen and some brief talon grappling and squabbling going on. I still find it amazing that we appear to have ten Marsh Harriers wintering on our wonderfully wet marsh. To the best of my knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Some high tide wader action...

    As the tide slowly came in today the Dunlin swirled in and spent most of the afternoon wheeling around and around, settling of a while, preening, dozing and then something would spook the lot and off they would go once again. Thirteen Curlew were also to be found along with the usual Lapwings, Golden...
  • Blog Post: Stripy Britches

    Given how wonderfully our Water Rails have been showing it is perhaps not too surprising that some words sprang to mind.... 22-1-15
  • Blog Post: A Big Day Out.......... possibly the longest blog post ever.....

    So a day off arrived and although I had not intended to ‘go to work’ things conspired to send me that way instead of north further into Essex. I was first on site and there are some perks to being staff and I let myself in and headed out in the frosty wilds with the whole reserve to myself...
  • Blog Post: Rats and other rodents...

    Our Brown Rats have been performing incredibly well at both the Woodland and Centre Feeders and we have even had people visiting just to be able to watch these charming pink fingered rodents going about their daily business without a care in the world. I have actually been very impressed with the public...
  • Blog Post: Wet Weasels and Saturated Stoats

    Lots of mustild activity at the moment with Stoats and Weasels being seen most days out on the trails and as we have seen before they have no qualms at all about getting wet when looking for rodent prey. Water Vole and Brown Rat have both been seen meeting a noisy end in feisty jaws. Stoat...
  • Blog Post: No Cold Fronts but some White Fronts

    Evening all.... another fine day with glorious sunshine for the latter part and a good influx of visitors as well! The Water Rails performed admirably again today (no more mealworms please whoever that was...) with some fantastic views for everyone who headed round there. Water Rail - by me ...
  • Blog Post: A fun day on the ranch.....

    Well that was quite a day.... some serious Water Rail action off the Northern Trail and everyone was as well behaved as the trio of birds that spent the day scuttling around the Terrapin Pool. Lots of raptor activity too with five Marsh Harriers, 2 Buzzards, Peregrines, Sparrowhawks and Kestrels; swirling...
  • Blog Post: The Hunt.... another night time poem

    Still not sure where the words are coming from at the moment but thought I would share... Bittern may be a scarce bird at RSPB Rainham Marshes but if you visit our reserves on the Somerset Levels, Minsmere, Dungeness, Leighton Moss or Lakenheath then you too may get the chance to experience this masterful...
  • Blog Post: Ever Changeable

    Just how many weather types can we cram into one day? Glorious start with blue skies, almost no clouds and mercifully no wind to be replaced by a howling tempest at about 2pm that shook the building and visibly rose the Purfleet Scrape water level to be capped off with a sunny if somewhat breezy end...
  • Blog Post: Buffeted

    Those swirling waders that I waxed lyrical about yesterday were a bit of a draw from the look of things with some wondrous images posted as they bird restlessly attempted to get some shut eye on teh Purfleet Scrape. Different Dunlin colours in every shot from Lawrence Rogers Dunlins...
  • Blog Post: Path updates Sunday 11 January 2015

    Afternoon! Looking at the weather forecast for tomorrow we think that the woodland will be open as usual (unless the weather changes). If the woodland is open it will mean that you will be able to walk the whole way round the reserve. Thanks! Louise
  • Blog Post: Woodland closed and yesterday's highlights

    Hello! So today, due to the high winds the woodland is closed today! There will be 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 platform by the cordite store and the adventure playground. If you do visit...
  • Blog Post: Woodland might be closed tomorrow (Sat 10 Jan 2015)

    Hi everyone, How are you today? I hope you are all well! So just a quick heads up that we might be closing the woodland tomorrow - there is predicted high winds for tomorrow. This means that there will be no access to the woodland area, cordite store, and the loop round the back of the woodland...
  • Blog Post: Biking Birder makes a return...and I go for a walk!

    Today saw the return of the Biking Birder - Gary Prescott - to the reserve as part of his marathon journey around the UK. I will let Gary explain what he is up to and how you can help...... "This year I will once more be taking to my bicycle in order to visit every RSPB nature reserve,...
  • Blog Post: Path Closure Wednesday 7 January 2015

    The path works on the boardwalk just past the Purfleet hide will continue today. You will not be able to do the whole walk around the reserve. There is no access between the Purfleet hide and the Marshland Discovery Zone . We will be doing some maintenance work on the boardwalk past the Purfleet...
  • Blog Post: The Big Garden Birdwatch 2015 is coming!

    Around half a million people took part last year and counted 7 million birds (in last year alone)! Count the wildlife that's counting on you! Join thousands of others and pick an hour over the weekend to discover the wildlife in your garden. Register now to receive your FREE PACK and...
  • Blog Post: Path Closure Tuesday 6 January

    Tomorrow (Tuesday 6 January and possibly Wednesday) you will not be able to do the whole walk around the reserve. There is no access between the Purfleet hide and the Marshland Discovery Zone . We will be doing some maintenance work on the boardwalk past the Purfleet hide... You...
  • Blog Post: Top Predator

    As promised here are some of Russ Sherriff's astonishing Peregrine shots from just before New Year. The pylon pair have been seen daily and are often to be seen now, perching out in the middle of Aveley Marsh as well as on their trusted look outs... Simply sensational... 2-1-15
  • Blog Post: Welcome to another year

    I was on site by 0615 and Robin and Song Thrush did indeed welcome in my new year shortly followed by the melancholy notes of a foreshore Curlew. The various ducks were getting going on the scrape in the dark and soon the lists started to grow. The first punters started to arrive and a blustery, cloudy...
  • Blog Post: The Plan For Tomorrow : 1st January opening at 7am

    So, in a few hours time the New Year will commence in an explosion of cheers and fireworks and probably not too long after all the festivities have died down the first Robin and Song Thrush will welcome in 2015 . And so at 0700 tomorrow morning I will be opening up the reserve in the pre-dawn light...
  • Blog Post: Sunshiny Winters Day

    Yesterday was New Years Eve Eve and it was once again glorious. The marsh was still largely frozen and the birding was still fine with the Marsh Harriers once again putting on a show along with a Peregrine spectacular in the afternoon with the adult pair spending some time perched out on the main flood...
  • Blog Post: Oi! Go pick on someone else!

    Our female Kestrel was getting some severe gyp yesterday morning as she foolishly hovered over the centre feeders. The Starlings scattered (she was looking for Rats) and the Magpies noticed her and gave chase resulting in some serious FBH (Feather Bodily Harm) over the car park and right in front of...