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  • Blog Post: Shop Offer: £8 off 12.75kg High Energy Sprinkles till 31 March!

  • Blog Post: Thames Porpoise Survey 7th March 2015

    We have been working with the Marine Conservation Partnership to help them with a survey of the whole Thames for the humble little Harbour Porpoise. We have seen an increase in sightings here over the last few years so with any luck we might find them feeding on our stretch of the river on Saturday....
  • Blog Post: Some highlights from the last few days...

    Hello! I thought that I would give you some of the highlights of the last few days (or so). Our daily views of the marsh harrier , ravens and the very obliging female blackcap have continued! The female blackcap- actually have a rusty brown cap! This fabulous picture was taken by Lawrence...
  • Blog Post: Woodland closed - Thursday 26 February 2015

    Hi everyone, I hope that you are well. So a quick heads up that the whole of the woodland will be closed tomorrow . We're having someone come in to do some tree works, hopefully it won't take the whole day. You will not be able to complete a circular walk, or visit the adventure play...
  • Blog Post: 'avin a larf

    So as you quietly creep around the trails at Rainham, you may, if you are lucky catch a glimpse of that most secretive of resident warblers.... the one named after the eminent 18th century zoologist Francesco Cetti. They are vociferous but elusive. Unless you are Bill Crooks of course. Now this...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide Pete Jackson Photography 1-7 March 2015

  • Blog Post: Uncovered!..... A Bee Palace is habitable once again...

    Many moons ago we deposited a huge pile of sand down in the edge of the Adventure Playground for the sole purpose of attracting some of our rare and scarce mining bees and other associated invertebrates. However of the years it became neglected and overgrown and was in serious need of some attention...
  • Blog Post: Some kind of cute pipit...

    Late winter and early spring sees Meadow Pipits heading back north.... some may have stayed with us but others will have travelled from south western Europe or even North Africa to reach their more northerly breeding grounds. We have seen a slight increase in numbers in recent days with small flocks...
  • Blog Post: Go quietly....and don't slam the door!

    If you creep into the Purfleet Hide at the moment you might be lucky enough to find some of our Common Snipe probing merrily out front in the lush grass. Everyone looks slightly different with almost every shade of buff, brown and cream and that long flexible bill searching out juicy worms deep in the...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide Jerry Hoare Photography 15-21 February 2015

  • Blog Post: Show your love....

    Celebrities show their love for the climate We've brought together stars including Alison Steadman, Emilia Fox (both RSPB supporters), Stephen Fry and Dermot O'Leary in a breathtaking short film. In the two-minute film from Ridley Scott studios, these stars read Shakespeare's Love Sonnet...
  • Blog Post: Need some new binoculars? See you this weekend!

    12-2-15
  • Blog Post: Tangling Talons

    Having ten Marsh Harriers wintering on the reserve is something of a novelty for our Peregrines and there have been several hotly contested altercations in recent weeks as the hurtling falcons share air space with the languid harriers. Bob Cooper and Trevor Oakley both got some proper action shots...
  • Blog Post: From the car!

    The Bullfinches at Rainham have been tricky to say the least and despite near daily sightings they are more often heard then seen. We are sure of at least three birds (two females and a pinker immature male) and on Monday I even managed to spy two of them from my car as I drove in! Such plump robust...
  • Blog Post: Ringed-wit

    Black-tailed Godwits have been a bit thin on the ground this winter with rarely more than 30 to be seen on our stretch of the Thames (although nearly 400 were present one day roosting on the Barges!). A solitary bird has often been seen on Purfleet Scrape and Dave McGough got some super shots the other...
  • Blog Post: 20% off selected 12.75kg sacks of bird food until 23 February

    Offer excludes 12.75kg Premium Peanuts, High Energy Sprinkles and Buggy Nibbles 10-2-15
  • Blog Post: Monthly Summary January 2015

    Ornithological Summary January 2015 The westerly winter prevailed and the standard fare on the marsh changed little as we headed into 2015 with duck and wader numbers remaining stable. Black-tailed Godwits were scarce again with rarely more than 30 seen although a whopping 398 were counted roosting...
  • Blog Post: Imprints

    Last night it snowed, ok - not a huge splurge - a mere half inch but that was enough to make Rainham look magical and as I got in early I decided to have a stroll around and open up. The centre feeders were bogging with hungry Starlings and Sparrows and the Collared Doves were already massing....
  • Blog Post: Sun Up, Geese Out

    It looked like it was going to be a good one today so I headed down to the little car park at the end of Coldharbour Lane and waited for the sun to rise. It was bitterly cold but worth the wait with Linnets and Blackbirds waking up around me, 17 surprise Brent Geese, the first Skylark singing on the...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide - Nick Smith Photography 1-7 February

  • Blog Post: Contractors on site for a couple of weeks

    Hi everyone, Just giving you a heads up that we will be doing some works to the car park area ... We are getting in some contractors to do a few bits for us to improve the visitor flow for visitors. Originally the building was designed and built as the education centre - not for visitors! Since...
  • Blog Post: Woodland closed, but we're open later...

    Morning! How are you on his rather blustery day? 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...
  • Blog Post: Continuing a theme...

    A young Peregrine was having a whale of a time out on the pools today and was practicing his hunting skills of all the terrified wildfowl. Bob Cooper was in the right place to get some wonderful shots. You can feel the speed and adrenaline of the massed flight.... and no he did not catch anything! ...
  • Blog Post: Windswept Wildfowl

    With dark clouds, howling wind and driving rain and hail it was not a great start to the day (and please do not ask me about my journey in) but the afternoon was actually rather nice, if not a bit breezy and the windblown wildfowl out on Purfleet Scrape were once again shining in the sunshine. ...
  • Blog Post: and more Raven news from today....

    The Ravens were on the tip late afternoon and showing very well from the Concrete Barges carpark. I suspect that they are starting to settle down for the breeding season as after robbing a Great Black-backed of a huge meaty bone, the bigger male then offered it to his partner and flew round kronking...