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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide : Barry Jones Photography 26 April - 2 May 2015

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  • Blog Post: Bookcycle Bargains

    I have had a good selection of new books in this week including huge pile of immaculate hardback crime thrillers which are priced at just £3.50 each and a varied selection of very good bird books including Seabirds, Shorebirds, Wildfowl and Flight Identification of European Raptors....all classic...
  • Blog Post: Day of the Flies

    Stilt hunting was the order of the morning and with so many knocking around north Kent, Sussex and south Essex there just had to be a chance of one on our lovely marsh today. I was down at the end of Aveley Bay by just after seven and it was already warn and hazy. The river was even calmer than yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide : Upminster Art Society 18 - 15 April 2015

  • Blog Post: A touch of summer....

    Yes, another day off so I headed to my favourite nature reserve for a full day of exploration... It was sunny and pretty warm by just before seven when I headed out from the river wall car park and the river was glassy calm. Several Common Terns fed mid river with the lazy loafing Black-heads and almost...
  • Blog Post: A day away from the ranch.... new beginnings on the Essex coast

    RSPB Wallasea island Wild Coast Project beckoned and at long last I made it to this little flat corner of the Essex coast. It was a glorious morning but I was not quite prepared for what greeted me as I headed down past the sign telling me that I was officially on this still infant RSPB reserve. ...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide: Shaun Harvey Wildlife Photography 12-18 April 2015

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  • Blog Post: Sky full of trails....

    What a difference a day makes... dawn rose with a glorious sunshiny smile and a windless disposition. The lack of the latter was short lived and by 9.30 it was really getting up from the south west but at least it was not freezing cold. It made birding (and other wildlife watching!) quite difficult at...
  • Blog Post: April Showers

    This morning can be summed up by two words... wet... windy... A third one sprang to mind regarding my main task for the day... walk. All three combined resulted in just Little Ben and two lovely brand new families turning up for the KBC. As it turned out we had a great time on the trail and the five...
  • Blog Post: Spring chorus cranks up a notch or two....

    Sorry that there was no blog post last night but it has been a long Easter and I needed sleep! Anyway, it was another superb day out on the marsh with sunshine (albeit smoggy) predominating. It started well with a female Red-breasted Merganser hunting tiddlers in Aveley Bay before hauling herself...
  • Blog Post: More unbroken blue.... eventually!

    So it was back down to the bay for me this morning for an early morning walk to try and find a few migrants. However, I had trouble finding the car park let alone any birds. Visibility was pants with claggy wet fog but the sounds out on the marsh were amazing and, if you excluded the drone of the A13...
  • Blog Post: Easter sunshine brings out the visitors and the wildlife

    I was feeling slightly grieved at not seeing Spoonbill number four yesterday so I headed back down to Aveley Bay first thing and thanks to Russ Sherriff I soon had this immature bird in view out on the Target Pools where it remained all day and was even actively feeding at times. Spoonbill (Pat...
  • Blog Post: Monthly Summary: March 2015

    Ornithological Summary March 2015 Spring was somewhat lagging behind in Marsh and although there were warmer interludes it was generally very chilly and windy and as such migrants were a little scarce. The first Little Ringed Plover arrived on the 14th with a pair the next day with a Wheatear on the...
  • Blog Post: The sun keeps shining at RSPB Rainham Marshes...

    So I had a few spare minutes this morning before work and popped into the end of Aveley Bay to have a scout round for a Sedge Warbler or bounding Ouzel but I was in fact greeted by three adult Spoonbills feeding actively on the foreshore in the bay at 0720.... I could not believe my luck. I have seen...
  • Blog Post: Easter Bank Holiday Monday, Sunshine, Warm, No Wind.....

    This was a recipe for a very busy day on the reserve; in fact one of the busiest ever, and the visitors never stopped streaming through the doors all day. It started well with three Common Terns found on the mirror-flat Thames by Rich Jones and two adult Med Gulls ‘kowwed’ their way up river...
  • Blog Post: Look up..... ! Mmm... quite a good catchphrase...

    So..... at last a nice spring day and after an unsteady start it turned into something quite memorable. Despite the lack of early morning Garganey things soon started to look up (quite literally) with the first of several obviously moving Buzzards from Paul and Jack Hawkins. By late morning this had...
  • Blog Post: Your Help Needed on Thursday 16 April

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  • Blog Post: Matchbox Rattlers

    The pair of Garganey are still around today and have been showing well on the Purfleet Scrape. They can be elusive at times but eventually show themselves. Hopefully they will stay and we shall hear the very odd rattling call of the male as he courts his lady friend! A Ruff, Green Sandpiper and summer...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide : David James Art... 4 - 11 April 2015

  • Blog Post: The door cracks open a tad....

    Yesterday was blustery and still pretty cool but there were signs of some movement with a Greenshank out on the MDZ Pools and the most breathtaking Red Kite I have ever seen (away from the breeding areas) which cruised over the top of the Garrison and headed straight for the Centre balcony where everyone...