Rainham Marshes NR RSPB

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB

Description


Adjacent to the River Thames, this former Ministry of Defence firing range covering 870 acres is managed by the RSPB. A mixture of shallow lagoons, lowland grazing marsh dissected by ditches, reedbed and woodland provides habitat for a wide range of bird species.

Notable Species


All Year

Little Grebe

Grey Heron

Little Egret

Tufted Duck

Gadwall

Shoveler

Shellduck

Marsh Harrier

Sparrowhawk

Kestrel

Peregrine

Barn Owl

Water Rail

Snipe

Avocet

Redshank

Oystercatcher

Ringed Plover

Kingfisher

Bearded Tit

Reed Bunting

Linnet

Ring-necked Parakeet


Spring

Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler

Blackcap

Common Whitethroat

Sedge Warbler

Reed Warbler

Cetti’s Warbler

Common Swift

Barn Swallow

Ruff

Common Sandpiper

Garganey


Summer

Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler

Blackcap

Common Whitethroat

Sedge Warbler

Reed Warbler

Common Swift

Barn Swallow

Hobby


Autumn

Greenshank

Grey Plover

Golden Plover

Ruff

Dunlin

Whimbrel

Curlew

Little Stint

Curlew Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Bar-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

Teal

Wigeon

Wheatear


Winter

Greenshank

Grey Plover

Golden Plover

Ruff

Dunlin

Curlew

Bar-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

Teal

Wigeon

Water Pipit

Short-eared Owl


Past rarities include

Penduline Tit

Sociable Lapwing

White-tailed Lapwing

Baillon’s Crake

Spotted Crake

Cattle Egret

Great Egret

Access Details


Visitor centre

At ground floor level there is a shop and toilets (including disabled), the first floor level provides views over the reserve and River Thames with a café and further disabled toilets.

There are 3 trails, on wide surfaced paths or boardwalks, that cover the reserve and its surroundings.

Riverside Walk

Starting at the visitor centre the 2.4 km (1.5 mile) trail, with 2 hides, takes in marshland and lagoons and its associated ducks and waders, exiting via a turnstile onto the riverside path with views across the River Thames.

Woodland Walk

A 0.8 km (0.5 mile) trail that takes you along the edge of the marshland and through the wooded area of the reserve. Many of the commoner woodland species can be found here and during spring and summer Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat and Blackcap may also be present.

Circular route

This 3.8km (2.4 mile) walk takes you around the whole reserve and all of its different habitats. There are 4 hides and 3 viewing platforms on this trail, all of which are wheelchair accessible. The marshland and lagoons are ideal for spotting ducks and waders whilst the reedbeds hold Bearded Tit and Water Rail and in spring/summer Reed and Sedge Warblers. The pylons and surrounding marshes should be constantly scanned for the various raptor species.

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