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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Hightlights so far this weekend! (28-29 May 2016) and a bus notice....

    Good morning everyone! How are you? So I just wanted to share some of the recent wildlife highlights! There has been lots of babies every where! Dave Cornwell got this fabulous picture of baby cettis warbler fledglings! The lapwings and redshanks have been amazing us all with aerial...
  • Blog Post: Bumper Baby Boom

    Evening all ... firstly apologies for the lack of blog posts from me of late - so much to do and not enough hours in the day... So what has been going on on the wildlife front? Well, spring is on the wane and despite the recent drop in temperature and a cool northerly wind, the marsh is moving...
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers Fledging... 24 May 2016

    Hi everyone, Just a quick message - we've had reports that the kingfishers are fledging! We'll let you know when we know more! Kingfisher at Rainham Marshes by Tom Bell
  • Blog Post: The Cautionary Tale of Chipping Sodbury

    So, on Friday some of the local lads brought in a pretty well fledged young House Sparrow that they had had in a bucket for most of the day after picking it up in Purfleet. Not the ideal situation but after a chat about what they should and shouldn’t have done we were left holding the baby so to...
  • Blog Post: What a week to come back to!

    Well it has been quite a first week back from my adventures in Lesvos... It started on Monday morning with a quick look at Aveley Bay before work in the slim hope that a stray Sanderling may condescend to appear and add itself to my reserve year list. So I scanned the bay and counted nine plump Ringed...
  • Blog Post: Talks On The Wildside - 'Eh? What? Pardon?' David Darrell-Lambert - Friday 27th May

  • Blog Post: Weekend Highlights so far! 30 April and 1 May 2016

    What a start to the Bank Holiday weekend! It's been glorious weather, and what a weekend it has been so far! I had to do a quick blog to let you know that we've had a wryneck on site! It was first spotted early on Saturday morning (and not seen much in the afternoon) and seen early...
  • Blog Post: Topsy Turvy Weather

    It has been a mixed bag weather wise this week with glorious sunshine one day and freezing cold and windy the next but still the birds have struggled in and over the last two days we have seen some new arrivals in the shape of a few Common Swifts scything through the air and a trickle of passage waders...
  • Blog Post: Culmination

    Yesterday was freezing with a northerly breeze that brought back out the woolly hats and gloves and kept the birds closer to the deck but it was by no means dull with three gull species being added to the ever increasing week list with a 1 st summer Common Gull, two adult Med Gulls and a beautiful 1...
  • Blog Post: More Rain... More Birds

    A short blog after a long day. The weather precluded much in the way of footfall but some determined slogging around in generally inclement weather from Dominic, Smiffy, Tweedy, Phil, Pat and Bill resulted in a new day record of 97 species for the site and to be honest I suspect that we could have topped...
  • Blog Post: Invisble Knobbly Knees

    Another day, another potential springtime bonanza of freshly arrived migrants. I arrived at the little car park at about 0730 with and with Stan Brown heading to the Serin Mound and Alasdair Wilcock ambling down the river wall towards the centre I decided to head the other way round the landfill before...
  • Blog Post: Rain Starts Play - 12th April 2016

    I awoke to the sound of rain outside. It was 0330 and I had trouble getting back to sleep. Mmmm... light rain and a light south-easterly... could be interesting I thought. By not long after 0630 I was parked in the little car park at the end of the seawall with no rain or wind but grey skies. A Short...
  • Blog Post: March 2016 Ornithological Summary

    March 2016 Ornithological Summary RSPB Rainham Marshes: March is a funny month as winter wanes and spring attempts a frontal assault but this year things took their time getting going. Our winter residents stayed put with the Short-eared Owls (at least five) entertaining into April while the pair...
  • Blog Post: He is no more; has ceased to be; bereft of life; rests in peace; this is an ex-auk...

    Sadly our star of the weekend is no more... and despite our best efforts to catch him and actually being alive this morning, he shuffled of his mortal coil and became a deceased Razorbill around lunchtime. An unfortunate end to what will undoubtedly become one of the star birds of 2016. On a brighter...
  • Blog Post: Incongruous

    Well, I have to admit that the last thing I expected this morning was for David Dent to find that the Razorbill was still floating around in front of the Ken Barrett Hide and looking quite chipper! Razorbill - Roy Rookes The nice weather meant that we had a full car park by not long after...
  • Blog Post: A Day of Strange Happenings...

    So let’s start at the beginning... on Thursday morning I got out of the car and a little snatch of jingly jangly bird call caught my attention. Alarm bells went off and Serin immediately sprang to mind. It did not call again and I talked myself out of it, blaming it on wishful thinking. Leap...
  • Blog Post: Coot-Fu Fighting

    All images by the talented Tony O'Brien and words but the quite probably not so talented me... 7-6-16
  • Blog Post: Hunting Season

    The nicer weather has seen an increase in the activity of our Marsh Frogs and with that comes the attentions of the Grass Snakes. Louis and Gosia Lawler got lucky and were able to watch the fairly slim snake creeping up on a frog resting on the surface weed. I suspect that even though it could have...
  • Blog Post: Bit of a stall...

    With another change in the weather the inflow of migrants dwindled yesteday but a 'from the window' Tree Pipit that was also being watched by Dave Smith from the outside was a nice start. The rain had not dropped in any Wheatears or other migrants at all and in fact after 22 on Sunday, not one...