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  • Blog Post: Spring Tides in February

    This week has not only seen the tempestuous Imogen battering the reserve and causing traffic chaos but the highest Spring Tides of the year so far. Thankfully it was not that high on Monday when 70 mph winds were battering us but yesterday's was quite impressive but never really covered the saltmarsh...
  • Blog Post: Lunch with Ronette Weasel

    I will let Jerry Hoare tell the tale of his close encounter with Ronette Weasel and her lunch.... The Weasel and the Short-tailed Field Vole (deceased) June, Alan, Stan and I were heading from the MDZ to the Purfleet Hide yesterday morning when we noticed a small, fast, brown shape bounding along...
  • Blog Post: 20% off ALL 12.75kg sacks till February 23!

    and yes despite the use of the word selected, it does actually include the big sacks of Peanuts this time! 5-2-16
  • Blog Post: Rainham Winter Spectacular

    Rainham Marshes Winter Spectacular Join us for our own RSPB Rainham Marshes Winter Spectacular Week where will get you closer to the wildlife, improve your birdwatching skills, open up the microscopic world beneath our waterways, create cracking wildlife homes and encourage more birds to your garden...
  • Blog Post: Time To Count...

    Evening all... So first things first.... it is BIG GARDEN BIRD WATCH WEEKEND. ... and it is time for all of you to take part in this huge citizen science project. Without you it is nothing and this year we hope to have over 500,000 people taking part! So, if you have missed it today then please...
  • Blog Post: Local Group Indoor Meetings & Fieldtrips February 2016

  • Blog Post: A Few Days of Freeze

    Last winter we did not see one day when the reserve was ice bound, so it has actually been quite nice over the last few days to see the pools ice up and the behaviour of the birds change as they adapt to the new environment. The numbers of Redwings and Fieldfare have increased and both species can...
  • Blog Post: Reedmace Munchers

    On Wednesday morning Alasdair Wilcock watched a pair of Mute Swans by the Purfleet Hide taking advantage of the ice to reach the previously inaccessible tasty Greater Reedmace. If you looked down the perimeter ditch you could see piles of fluff where these duo had been stripping heads! I shall let...
  • Blog Post: A Rainham Sunrise...

    Jerry Hoare has outdone himself with this sublime bit of time lapse footage from Friday morning as Sol came up behind the QEII Bridge with waders scurrying along the foreshore, the wind and tide, scudding clouds, boats and zooming lorries. Beautifully evocative... The timelapse built from 4089...
  • Blog Post: First Busmans of 2016

    Sorry I have been quiet! I escaped to some of our Broadland Reserves for a few days but managed to get back in today for my first walk round this year. I started at the Stone Barges where I counted 201 Black-tailed Godwits, 300 Dunlin, 120 Redshank and 8 Ringed Plover on the foreshore before heading...
  • Blog Post: Guest blog: It's getting colder by Andrew Gouldstone

    From Site Manager, Andrew Gouldstone: At last, a slightly colder spell of weather. And water levels across the marsh are improving too, still a way to go until the marsh looks like it normally does at this time of year, but it’s getting there. Tony O'Brien Flocks of wigeon...
  • Blog Post: The first few days...

    So here we are three days into 2016 and we are already moaning about the weather. Today has been dire but to be honest the reserve needs the rain to top up the depleted pools, scrapes and ditches. Needless to say it has been quiet bird wise today with the wind and rain keeping nearly all the birds in...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide - Liz Huxley's Photography 3-9 January

  • Blog Post: Glad I held off!!! The Final 2015 Bird Race Scores

    So, as I suggested yesterday, there was still everything to play for in the second and third place stakes with just two days to go and the Motley Crew put in sometime yesterday and found an immature Glaucous Gull which was also new for the year for the reserve and nice round 170 for Guy & Dolls team...
  • Blog Post: Target Pool Battle

    The Wednesday Walk and a few other lucky visitors were treated to a twenty minute battle between our pair of Peregrines and an unlucky female Teal out on the Target Pools this morning. After diving on the throng of duck, the natural instinct for the likes of Teal and Wigeon is to fly straight to water...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Rainham Bird Race and the upcoming year...

    I was hoping to announce the top placings for the 2015 race before the end of the year but the teams in second and third place have only one bird between so it will not be over till darkness falls tomorrow afternoon! I will put a little summary on at that time with the final team scores and site list...
  • Blog Post: Thanks for coming!

    Yesterday dawned still, calm and pretty clear with an amazing pre-dawn glow of rhubarb in the sky and it felt, even then that it was going to be an exceptionally busy Bank Holiday Monday. I had the place to myself to start with and it was so mild that I was able to sit outside and have some...
  • Blog Post: A Very Merry Christmas....

    Whoo hoooo.... two days off.... hope you are all relaxing and enjoying the festive spirit. And yep, we do reopen on Sunday 27th through to and including New Years Day so see some of you then.... Thanks for all your support in 2015 and I could not write and illustrate my blog posts without all...
  • Blog Post: The Run Up To Christmas

    I will get to the gloriousness of today in a while but up until now it has been wet, wild and windy... As you can see - we almost lost Louise in the maelstrom.... (Tony O'Brien) Bird wise was was - how should I put this - quiet. It was so windy outside that Tony Houston reported a Swan flying...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide - Howard Vaughan - 21 December - 3 January

    Yes, I know, I am blogging about my own art... 22-12-15
  • Blog Post: Winter coat.

    During the spring and summer our Fox Fence worked incredibly well and as a result we had our best breeding season for Lapwing, Redshank and many of the duck species but with all the work that has gone on this autumn inside the fence it is not surprising that a Wily Mr Fox has found his way inside. ...
  • Blog Post: West Ham : Goals beyond comprehension. Rainham Marshes : Nil

    I am very sad to announce that Roy Foster, one of our Monday morning regulars over the last few years suddenly and unexpectedly passed away over the weekend. Roy was an ardent West Ham fan and was often accompanied by his Arsenal scout friend Billy and he tended to be the first person through the...
  • Blog Post: A long but rewarding day...

    It startetd with murk - lots of murk - and drizzle - and damp - and general greyness but despite all that the bird still shone through and after the aforementioned gloom alleviated there was actually quite a lot to be seen. The Marsh Harriers performed very well all day and were frequently seen from...
  • Blog Post: Wall to Wall Blueness

    I had a plan – in fact for me it was quite a well thought out plan – well up until the bit where I left things at home (including my wallet and keys inside the house and the nice bit of board that I wanted to make my bird table top propped outside my front door - it was even still there when...
  • Blog Post: Two Talks On The Wildside - book now!