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  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch weekend 2015: The scores on the doors

    We have almost reached the end of Big Garden Birdwatch weekend 2015 so here is a quick summary of how we got on here: As I don’t have a garden, I did my hour yesterday morning 09.23-10.23 on the feeders behind the visitor centre. Here are my scores: Goldfinch : 12 Blue tit : 4 Great...
  • Blog Post: Who is doing the birdwatch today?

    What have you seen? Don't forget to register for Big Garden ‪#‎Birdwatch‬ this weekend! http://bit.ly/1CU937w Are you taking part? Join our Facebook event here: http://on.fb.me/1Amhs4q Ben Hall (rspb-images.com)
  • Blog Post: Bittern Bonanza 25th January 2015

    During the cold months the reed beds at RSPB Dungeness provide a winter home for a handful of beautiful bitterns. Our experts know just where to look to find these elusive birds so wrap up warm and join us for a stroll round the nature trail to seek out bitterns and our other winter wildlife. We will...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready? Cuppa? Lets watch!

    The Big Garden Birdwatch is nearly here - it's this weekend. All you need to do is spend an hour over the weekend of 24-25 January counting the birds in your garden. It's that simple! I remember taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch with my Mum and Dad when I was little. We would...
  • Blog Post: 22 January recent sightings: It doesn't take too long....

    Good morning. It has been really rather cold this week so wildlife watching has been limited to short forays out onto the reserve. However, you don't necessarily need to be out for very long to see something good! I went out briefly on Tuesday morning and here is the view that I had of the washland...
  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch events

    The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch will soon be here again this weekend, and the team from The Lodge will be at Jordans Mill on Saturday 24 January for a day of family activities- with face painting, fat ball making, guided birdwatching walks, info on Giving Nature a Home and an actual Big Garden Birdwatch...
  • Blog Post: It's been a Ruff week!!

    In the last week we seem to have been constantly battered by storms, peaking on Thursday (15 th ). Heavy rain and hailstorms have caused water levels to rise considerably meaning the access road has been flooded and several fields are now saturated. Thankfully we have not witnessed the same scenes as...
  • Blog Post: Winter Wildlife Walk 14 January 2015

    Winter Wildlife Walk Wednesday 14 January 2015 10 am to 12 pm Cost: Members £5 and non-members £6 Have you ever wondered what wildlife there is to be found at RSPB Dungeness at this time of year? Geese, ducks and other water birds are here for the colder months here. Just this week we have...
  • Blog Post: The Big Garden Birdwatch 2015 is coming!

    Around half a million people took part last year and counted 7 million birds (in last year alone)! Count the wildlife that's counting on you! Join thousands of others and pick an hour over the weekend to discover the wildlife in your garden. Register now to receive your FREE PACK and...
  • Blog Post: New year, new things!

    We're slowly getting back into gear at Rye Meads after the Christmas break, and despite a weekend where the weather spent one entire day pouring with rain on us, and one day where the entire reserve was shrouded in freezing fog (!) we managed to gather a reasonable list of sightings together, including...
  • Blog Post: The Plan For Tomorrow : 1st January opening at 7am

    So, in a few hours time the New Year will commence in an explosion of cheers and fireworks and probably not too long after all the festivities have died down the first Robin and Song Thrush will welcome in 2015 . And so at 0700 tomorrow morning I will be opening up the reserve in the pre-dawn light...
  • Blog Post: Merry Christmas everyone...

    A bit late I know, but I have to share this wonderful video created by a regular visitor to Rainham Marshes. Sing it with me... all together now... By Bill Crooks Outstanding! Well done Bill! (at last years Christmas Fair the staff might have serenaded visitors with...
  • Blog Post: 2015 RSPB Rainham Marshes Bird Race

    2015 RSPB Rainham Marshes Bird Race We ran this a few years ago and it generated quite a bit of interest as well as plenty of good spirit and camaraderie. So, in 2015 the Bird Race will begin again on January 1 st . If you are up for the challenge can let me know your Team name and members by the...
  • Blog Post: Why not join us for a bittern bonanza?

    During the cold months the reed beds at RSPB Dungeness provide a winter home for a handful of beautiful bitterns. Our experts know just where to look to find these elusive birds so wrap up warm and join us for a stroll round the nature trail to seek out bitterns and our other winter wildlife. We will...
  • Blog Post: Christmas and New Year Opening Times

    Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) Hi everyone, Just so you know this is our opening times over the holiday period : Christmas Eve , Wednesday 24 December - we will be closing at 2pm (including reserve, café, visitor centre, car park and main entrance road). Christmas Day , Thursday...
  • Blog Post: The Christmas Sales start early! From today in your RSPB Shop!

  • Blog Post: The Christmas Sales start early! From tomorrow in your RSPB Shop!

  • Blog Post: Christmas at Rye Meads

    Hey all! Just a quick reminder of the last few events we have running at Rye Meads this year. We're counting down to Father Christmas visiting the reserve on Saturday and Sunday, and all the other festivities that will be going on all weekend. Make sure you come down and take a break from Christmas...
  • Blog Post: It's here! The Rainham Christmas Fair!

    Morning! We're getting ready for the Christmas Fair - will we see you later (it goes onto 8pm!)? Jewellery, wood turned items, photography, art, RSPB shop items, silverware, cosmetics, book signing and more! Including a brilliant 20% off 12.75kg bags of seed! See you there!
  • Blog Post: Christmas party Sunday 14 December: CANCELLED

    Please note that the Christmas party on Sunday has been cancelled due to a lack of bookings. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. There will be a Christmas themed Wildlife Explorers club meeting tomorrow morning (Saturday 13 December) which will begin at 10.30am and end at Midday. The cost...
  • Blog Post: A little bit of this and a little bit of that: Ho ho!

    Good morning. Unfortunately, technical issues have been hindering us all week so recent sightings will have to wait until Sunday. However, we still have plenty of news to share with you. The main part of this post is about what was going on last week, so over to Dave Rogers, Senior Site Manager :...
  • Blog Post: Rainham's Christmas Fair!

    It's nearly here - it's TOMORROW !! The Rainham Marshes nature reserve Christmas Fair ! Don't miss out! Missing the final present or two? Drop into our mini Christmas Fair where we will have a variety of crafts and gifts including : jewellery, cards, decorations, bags, cosmetics...
  • Blog Post: Book Signing at our Christmas Fair Saturday 13 December

    On top of everything else next Saturday we shall also have Frank Watson here to sign his excellent book about the Thames Estuary... Looking forward to seeing you.... 8-12-14
  • Blog Post: Festive foray guided walk Sunday 7 December: CANCELLED

    Please note that the Festive Foray guided walk on Sunday has been cancelled due to a lack of bookings. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused.
  • Blog Post: Otterly brilliant!

    It has been another fantastic week here at RSPB Mersehead, with clouds of geese frequently filling the sky, aerobatic flocks of lapwing, hoards of dabbling and diving ducks on the expanses of open water and busily twittering and flitting flocks of finches, tits and buntings in the fields and hedgerows...