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Top things to do in Spring

  1. The amazing cacophony of croaking marsh frogs, day and night
  2. A myriad of butterflies and bees dancing around the swathes of flowers, while dragonflies patrol the ditches and pools
  3. Tumbling lapwings defending their territories over the marsh

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Water voles become very obliging and sometimes come to within a few feet of you!
  2. Our fabulous adventure playground for families to enjoy
  3. Explore the Marshland Discovery Zone for both the young and young at heart

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Come and see passage waders such as redshanks and black-tailed godwits
  2. Migrating birds of prey stay long enough to hunt over the marshes
  3. Exuberant Cetti's warblers burst into song to claim their patch of reeds for winter

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Swirling flocks of countless lapwings and golden plovers shimmering in the winter sky
  2. Hunting peregrines plummeting after waders and ducks
  3. Whistling wigeons grazing the wetlands like feathered sheep

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  • Very alert male Stonechat
  • I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
  • Great & Blue Tit
  • Doves
  • Feeding Great Tit
  • Great Tit & Blue Tit
  • Southern Hawker Up Close
  • Beautiful Wasp Spider

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Map of Rainham Marshes

Map of Rainham Marshes

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Date: 16 June 2014

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