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Hiding their talents

Last modified: 25 June 2012

Rainham Marshes visitor centre

Rainham's striking visitor centre overlooking the reserve and the Thames.

Image: The RSPB

Nature is inspiring, so it’s no surprise to discover that RSPB staff have been inspired to create art from the wild places and wildlife they come across during their daily work.

For the first time ever, examples of work from staff around the country are being brought together for a three-week exhibition in the new Purfleet ‘hide’ at Rainham Marshes’ nature reserve.

The setting couldn’t be more appropriate with its vast viewing window spilling light on to the artworks. Visitors will be torn between watching the living spectacle of lapwings, swifts and the freshwater pools outside or the artworks inside the designer-created building.

The exhibition runs from Sunday 30 June to Sunday 22 July and is open daily.

Works include paintings, sketches and photographs. The six featured artists day-jobs are Web Editor, Ecologist, Youth Manager, Volunteering Development Officer, Wildlife Adviser and Communications Officer.

How you can help

Nature is in trouble – so millions of people are stepping up to help. Our wildlife has been disappearing at an alarming rate. But small steps make a big difference. If we all act together and get stuck in, we can save our wildlife.

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