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  • Blog Post: Bargain Bird Reports!

    Afternoon all... Dominic Mitchell has very kindly donated a huge pile of old County, Regional and Reserve reports to us for our Book Recycle. I have priced them at £1 each or 5 for £4 and 10 for £7. Get in quick because they tend to go quickly! 22-5-15
  • Blog Post: Pre Work Wander

    I got in early today to open up and spent a very enjoyable couple of hours ambling round the trails. It was sunny and quite warm and the breeze was light. I decided to count singing Reed Warblers and by the end of my circuit I had tallied 129 ’gurking’ birds and I suspect that there may have...
  • Blog Post: Chelonian Pigeons, Halcyon Hunters and Amorous Airbourne Antics

    I have a been a bit slack with the bird news of late and I apologise. Things have been relatively quiet in the last ten days with wader passage unfortunately drawing to an early close with only a small flock of Bar-tailed Godwits on the wet and windy 14th and a Sanderling with the small mixed flock of...
  • Blog Post: Flies can be fun too...

    Flies... now, I know that they may not be the favoured invertebrates of the masses but when the birding quietens down and the cooler weather precludes much in the way of butterfly or dragonfly activity, it is always worth having a look for the myriad of flies that will be resting on leaves and waiting...
  • Blog Post: Doom lading skies...

    Sorry if bloggage has been a bit slow of late, been a busy bee... anyway, a bit wild out there again today with very heavy but fast moving squalls whizzing through. Lots of Swifts careening around and backwards flying Lapwings! I promise to get back into the swing of things!
  • Blog Post: The reserve is now open!

    Morning! How are you? The reserve is now open as usual (Friday 15 May) ! The bomb squad have removed the item and we have been given the all clear! We'll we've had a bit of excitement this morning! We had a mysterious metal object that was found in the path but the Shooting Butts...
  • Blog Post: Reserve closed today (Friday 15 May) until further notice!

    The reserve is closed today (Friday 15 May) until further notice. We have an unexploded ordinance on the reserve - and we are waiting for the police and bomb squad! We'll keep you updated! The visitor centre and river wall path are open.
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide - Carim Nahaboo's Art & Illustration

    16-5-15
  • Blog Post: Frisky Frogs

    Wednesday was glorious with beaming sunshine and blue skies and the Marsh Frogs were in fine voice and were in fact very active with lots of squabbling and bubble gum blowing.... (David Brown) (Jo Collins) Froggy Fight... (Jo Collins) Last three by Tony O'Brien.... 'Oi...
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers... an update on family developments

    Well, all seems to be going swimmingly down at the MDZ and given the size of the young Rudd, adult Newts and small Marsh Frogs being brought in, those hungry Kingfisher chicks must be a fair size already and it will probably not be too long before they fledge. (Andrew Critchell) Feedings are...
  • Blog Post: Kate Doubleday - UK Flutter Album Tour - RSPB Rainham Marshes Sunday 14 June 2015

  • Blog Post: Is nature worth defending?

    We need you to speak up to save nature. The EU Nature Directives have provided the highest level of protection to vulnerable habitats and species for the past 30 years - but they're under threat. European leaders are considering rolling back decades of progress by revising the Directives in the...
  • Blog Post: Doing well...

    Things are progressing swimmingly out on the marsh and our Lapwings and Redshanks have already broken previous records but suffice to say there are more pairs than ever of both species breeding out on the reserve and chicks are to be seen wherever you look. Baby Lapwing (Jo Collins) and an...
  • Blog Post: Where was the sun?

    It looked like it was going to be a glorious sunrise but although the moon and stars welcomed the day in and the start of a vociferous dawn chorus, Sol actually refused to show herself and lurked behind a thick bank of low cloud. This did not stop the birds (and frogs) from giving it their all and although...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide : Martin Gibbons Art 10-16 May 2015

  • Blog Post: Behaviour of a Bearded Tit...

    The other day one of our visitors, Joan Burton , managed to get this series of awesome Bearded Tit pictures! She was walking along the Northern Boardwalk and saw something on the ground ahead – looking closer it was a female Bearded Tit with something... Take a look at this series of fabulous...
  • Blog Post: This Weeks Wildlife Highlights (2 May 2015)

    Hi everyone, How are you today? I just thought I would share some of the wildlife that we've had this week! The exciting news was the hatching of the kingfishers - so the adults have been seen in and out bringing fish to the bank for the hungry young.... Clever kingfisher stitch photo...
  • Blog Post: Has anyone seen the keys to the scooter?

    Hi everyone, I hope that you are well. Strange question - has anyone seen the key to the mobility scooter? We think someone may have accidentally taken the keys away with them... If you wouldn't mind checking your pockets that would be great!
  • Blog Post: Boats, Bugs and Birds - 30 April 2015

    Hello, How are you today? So I wanted to share some of the highlights form the last couple of days... HMS Defender sailed past the reserve on Tuesday.... Picture by David Morrison The sun shine has brought out a variety of little creatures... The cordite store is one of my...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher News... 30 April 2015

    Afternoon everyone, I hope that you are well. On the day that Rob Yorke is encouraging people to vote Kingfisher for Britain's National Bird , over on Martin Harper's blog - I am excited to announce that our Kingfishers have hatched! Adults start taking fish into the bank once...
  • Blog Post: The Delights of Dawn

    Hello everyone, how are you? Singing white throat by Michael Franklin There is nothing like hearing birds in full song in the morning! Did you know you can join us, before usual opening hours, to explore the reserve and enjoy the magic of dawn? Tony O'Brien We are running...
  • Blog Post: What's been about - 25 April 2015

    Afternoon! How are you today? I'm back, I wrote a blog earlier talking about some of the smaller reserve creatures, but I wanted to tell you some of the others... Stunning reserve picture by Jo Collins There's been all sorts of wildlife around - here are some of the highlights...
  • Blog Post: Isn't it Springly!

    Yes, I know that springly isn't a word but I like it! It's that interesting time of year when you never know what you will find here at Rainham Marshes. The Lapwings in their swirly aerial display, Warblers are singing away, the Hirundines are whizzing over on the hunt for prey... ...
  • Blog Post: Coldharbour Lane Closure 26 April

    Hi everyone, how are you? Just so that you know both lanes of Coldharbour Lane will be closed on Sunday 26 April 2015 from 7 am-2 pm . Last November a tipper lorry came into contact with the Port of London Authority’s pipe bridge over Coldharbour Lane causing structural damage. The...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Highlights - 18 and 19 April 2015

    Afternoon everyone, How are you today? It's a lovely sunny day, and the reserve is looking lovely (maybe I'm a tad bias, but it does look brilliant!) It was a tad chilly this weekend, but that didn't stop us from seeing loads! I wanted to share some of the wildlife highlights...