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  • Blog Post: Hide Windows being serviced Wednesday 7 July

    Hi everyone, How are you? Just to let you know that there may be some disturbance tomorrow... the people that maintain our clever windy windows are coming in tomorrow. All hides will be open all day , although one or two windows at a time maybe out of order. Thanks!
  • Blog Post: The Wednesday Walk - 1 July 2015

    Hi everyone, I'm afraid to say that due to guide walk leader illness we might have to cancel tomorrow's Wednesday Walk. We are trying to find a replacement guide... Apologies in advance!
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide : Paul Rigby Photography 5th - 12th July 2015

    4-7-15
  • Blog Post: RSPB Cliffe and some quality Rainham grubbing....

    It's been a funny old week so far, bouncing around between work, home and hospital to visit recovering Mum. Popped over RSPB Cliffe Pools and had a nice couple of hours escape on Monday evening. Lots of young waders and wildfowl including new broods of Pochard, Tufted Duck and Shelduck. Some of the...
  • Blog Post: I'm off to the playground mum!'

    A warm but not overly sunny day out on the reserve and Russ Sherriff was fortunate enough to get some more superb shots of the Bearded Tits as they played on their climbing frame. This has got to be the best year ever for the species at Rainham and hopefully we may get an obliging flock during the winter...
  • Blog Post: Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Stripy..... Arachnid!

    It's that time of year again and after the bumper 2014 and a dry winter it is not really that surprising that we already have good numbers of Wasp Spiders out on the trails. Clive Watts is already, by his own admission, starting to exhibit Wasp Spider OCD and counted 37 tiny ones yesterday in the...
  • Blog Post: Speedy Wildlife Walks

    A speedy circuit this morning to open up the hides but quite rewarding in the breezy conditions. It was already pretty warm and there was plenty of insect activity. Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were out egg laying on the Nettles and the first Meadow Brown of the year (for me) was flying strongly....
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide : Gary Lever 28 June - 4th July 2015

  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide : Valerie Callen 21-27 June 2015

  • Blog Post: Flutterby

    Sunday saw our second gig in the centre in two weeks with the delightful sound of Kate Doubleday and her band serenading a small group of guests in an intimate concert where we were immersed in tales of soaring buzzards, rolling hills, peppered dunes, flowery meadows and flying flycatchers. ...
  • Blog Post: Fat Humbugs

    Last week we found a new brood of Little Grebes on the ditch by the Purfleet Hide. They were tiny and happily being fed by their parents and could easily clamber up on their backs for a dry ride. Great shots by Mark Vale... Just a few days later and they had already grown and getting two...
  • Blog Post: Moving the family....

    Ricky Blackman caught a Weasel today as she moved one of her young. It was very young and the eyes were still closed and he was unable to determine whether the pup was alive or not and therefore whether they were in the process of moving camp or she was disposing of one that had not made it a safe distance...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide : Sam Shippey Art 14-20 June 2015

  • Blog Post: Defend nature... we need your voice...

    A few words from Mike Clarke – CEO RSPB We need your help to defend nature.... Did you know that the laws that protect many of the wild places and nature you love are at risk? European leaders are considering weakening the laws (known as the Nature Directives) that protect our most vunerable...
  • Blog Post: Sunshine but where are the dragonflies?

    Things seem a little quiet on the Odonata front at the moment with few larger dragonfly species on the wing. Late Hairy Hawkers are hanging on in there and the first Black-tailed Skimmers are joining the small numbers of Four Spotted and Broad Bodied Chasers that are on the wing. A male Banded...
  • Blog Post: Evening walk...

    With heavy traffic preventing a normal journey home last night I ended up at my parents for the evening and so at about 9.30 I decided to stop for a look on Rainham West in the failing light. With reduced traffic noise and no wind, it was a pleasant half hour well wasted in order to get a free Bridge...
  • Blog Post: Insectopia

    It was a nice warm and largely sunny June day and after a fairly quiet Kids Birdwatching Club (great Hobby!) we headed back out for the Insect Afternoon amble. Plenty to see in the warm sunny spots out of the wind with quite a few hoverflies and other flies to sift through while young Dark Bush Crickets...
  • Blog Post: Mini Fayre - Sunday 7 from 0930......

  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide... Carim Nahaboo 7-13 June

    6-6-15
  • Blog Post: Bundle of Bees

    Several visitors reported a Honey Bee swarm yesterday. They have set up home on the other side of a ditch and are therefore safe from disturbance and we shall leave them to it! Quite a sight and worth a look if you do a full circuit as they are between the end of the Northern Trail and the Butts Hide...
  • Blog Post: Important reading....Kingfishers....

    So it looks like we might be good to go again... The male bird has been cleaning out the burrow on and off all day with the female in attendance for long periods, hence the picture fest again today. I suspect that she is pretty much ready to lay the next clutch, so things could get moving quickly...
  • Blog Post: Feeding Frenzy

    Everywhere you look there are the tell tale signs that hungry mouths are being fed but exhausted parents. Almost every warbler you see is carrying a juicy grub one way of a faecal sack the other. Sedge Warbler Some broods have just fledged with young Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in the Cordite...
  • Blog Post: A Woodland Loop Update

    As many of you know, we had to take up some of the boardwalk planks on the woodland return trail back in the winter. What we found underneath required more than a few new bits of wood! So here we are in early June and most of that section of the trail has now been almost entirely grubbed up to reveal...
  • Blog Post: Where has he been?

    Got a bit of a surprise yesterday afternoon when what appears to be the same male Turtle Dove reappeared on the grass just below the centre and proceeded to walk under benches and across the gravel before taking an amble along the path past the feeders. It then did exactly the same as last time and flew...
  • Blog Post: May splutters out...

    The weekend was a mixed bag of weather and birds. One of the four Temminck's Stints was seen on Saturday afternoon but not subsequently and Pat Hart managed to get some distant footage on Friday afternoon. Swifts were superb on Sunday in the blustery conditions with some stunning aerial moves...