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  • Blog Post: Crack of Dawn ... again

    One week on and another Dawn Chorus beckons. It is 0335 and the birds ar already in full song in preparation for the arrival of those bold enough to get up at this time! It is a little warmer this week and there is a fairly stiff breeze but this does not seem to be putting off the birds. Song Thrushes...
  • Blog Post: Scorching Insect Afternoon

    Strangely enough there was not a lot of time for blogging over the weekend so here is a little roundup of the incredibly successful Insect Afternoon walk on Saturday when temperatures were not far of 30c. Bit too warm for most critters but we persevered and everyone had a great time. Annie, Chris and...
  • Blog Post: And on this week...

    Just a very quick plug for the first Dusk Walk of the year on Thursday evening ( 26th ) and 7pm. This is a pre-pay evant so please ring 01708 899850 to book on. Alternatively you can just turn up for a walk at any stage during the evening as we will not be closing. However the cafe and shop will still...
  • Blog Post: Regular Walks are still on

    Having been away for a couple of weeks I have only just noticed that the regular Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Walks have all 'gone missing' from our Events Page. All three are still on. Wednesday at 0930, Friday at 1000 and the fortnightly Sunday Stroll at 1300 including tomorrow! I have chased...
  • Blog Post: Forthcoming Events!

  • Blog Post: Trick or Tweet...Feeling brave?

    and a little taster..... NB: No Visitor Centre Managers were harmed (much) in the making of this video...
  • Blog Post: Not just bats this Friday!

    Just a quick plug for other stuff on the reserve this Friday... Be a better photographer walk - Digital SLR Users at 12pm and Optics and digi-scoping day-TRY and BUY The latter will run all day and is an excellent opportunity for your to try our the latest Viking and RSPB optics from the comfort...
  • Blog Post: sun again and the coming weekend

    No Shearwater yesterday and squally weather kept everything low. Beautiful today though so a good chance that Pat may find something on the Friday Walk! Already, Bob, the bull Grey Seal has drifted past the centre with his whiskery nose in the air and the gulls in attendance. Below are some more shots...
  • Blog Post: Santa has arrived...

    Mr Claus is in the building and getting ready to wow his visitors... not so sure about his elves though..... I have blurred this one's face to protect his identity.... Any ideas?? An Elf in full regalia..... 15-12-12
  • Blog Post: Treasures of the Thames: A Victorian Day Out!

    Just a quick plug for our big event on this coming Wednesday Treasures of the Thames: A Victorian Day Out! Join the Thames Discovery Programme and friends for a day of interactive family fun. Free activities based around the history and archaeology of the River Thames. Wednesday June 1, 11am–...
  • Blog Post: Late Night Opening 21st June

    Evening all.... just a reminder that the we have a Dusk Walk tomorrow evening from 7pm and that the reserve will be open to dusk for general visitors as well. Hope to see some of you there. And.... the third pair of Mute Swans with the huge nest on the bomb crater pool have hatched at least three...
  • Blog Post: The Last Bat Walk

    Just a quick reminder that the there are still places on the last Moth & Bat Night on Friday 23rd September . If you would like to book your place please give us a call on 01708 899 850. Look forward to seeing you there!
  • Blog Post: Insect Afternoon - a last minute plug!

    Justa quick plug for the Insect Afternoon Walk that starts at 1pm today! There are still places so if you are free come on down and join us. Looks like a nice afternoon so expecting lots of finds in the woodland! You never know we may even see this amazing Ant Mimic that uses its disguise to creep...
  • Blog Post: Gulls, Snow B's and hasty Harriers

    evening all Couple of things: the next gull day is on Saturday 11th (two days time) and not 18th as advertised on this site. Was sure that we changed tat back in October... never mind. Anyway, gulling is a bit difficult at the moment what with most of the site being under ice and still quite a lot...
  • Blog Post: Late Opening and Dusk Walk

    Just a quick plug for the last Dusk Walk of the season tonight from 630pm and do not forget that we are staying open till dusk for general visitors too! The shop will be closed but I will be doing tea nd coffee in the cafe! 23-8-12
  • Blog Post: It's dark outside...

    ...which is not really surprising as it is a little after 3.30 in the morning. However, although a little chilly, it is calm and clear and a good dawn chorus beckons for the ten souls hardy enough to book up. I can already hear Sedge Warbler, Blaclcap, Skylark, Blackbird, Robin, Coot and Redshank and...
  • Blog Post: Beware of Dragons

    Now, it may have been slightly inclement the last couple of days but in the sunny spells there have been a few dragonflies venturing out to hunt for a snack! Fred Roll managed to capture this Emperor in flight as he patrolled his chosen ditchline territory while the male Ruddy Darter was living up to...
  • Blog Post: Tall(ish) Ship Parade

    What a scorcher! Crispy Fried Human Beans is what we had today out on Rainham Marshes! It would seem that word had got round about the Tall Ship Flotilla heading up river for the Olympic period and by just after 10am our car park was full which was something of surprise. There were lines of people on...
  • Blog Post: Richard Allen Art Exhibition

    Essex bird artist Richard Allen (who painted our wonderful river wall, bus stop and Ken Barrett Hide murals) has an exhibition of his work in the Purfleet Hide from today through to the 28th May. Magnificent portraits and wildlife scenes. It costs nothing to come and look so hope to see you down there...
  • Blog Post: Bugtastic!

    A really good day out on the reserve yesterday. Managed to get absolutely soaked on the Kids Birdwatching Club walk but we still had a great time and got really good views of a female Peregrine chasing a Hobby , singing warblers and Reed Buntings , dashing Swifts and even the Cuckoo did a fly past. I...
  • Blog Post: All a glow...

    Thursday night also gave us our best count of Glow Worms for the year with eight individuals found. The eery glow is quite something when you are out on the marsh at night! Our reserve is one of the best places in Essex to encounter this funky beetle. Hopefully we should be able to find some on our up...
  • Blog Post: Santa's Coming!

    Just a quick final plug to remind one and all that Santa has once again managed to fit in a weekend visit to Rainham Marshes (despite being at Lakeside and every garden centre for miles around...) for which we are grateful. There are still spaces available on Saturday and Sunday so why not give the...
  • Blog Post: Batty!

    Last friday saw our first Bat & Moth Night of September and it was up to its usual high standards with lots of contact and some sightings of Common and Soprano Pipistrelle, Leisler's, Serotine, Noctule and Daubenton's! There are still places available on the walks on the next three Fridays...
  • Blog Post: Spooky Trail still driving you bats!

    There may only be two hours left of Halloween but just because the majority of the creepy nighttime denizens have gone back to where they belong does not mean that the spooky trail out on the marsh is all closed down.... No!!!! We still have four days left so come along and join in! Further details can...
  • Blog Post: Insect Afternoon Cancelled Tomorrow

    Sorry folks but we are now unable to run the Insect Afternoon tomorrow. All systems go for June onwards though! 17-5-13