Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Rainham Marshes RSPB 2019
Saturday all day walk

Date: Saturday 12 January 2019 at 09:30


Aerial View of RSPB Rainham MarshesRainham Marshes RSPB Reserve, March 2012 photo Rolf Williams (rspb-images.com)

Meet at 9.30 am in the reserve's car park, off New Tank Hill Road, RM19 1SZ.  Car park entrance at OS TQ551790  Lat/Long: 51.4891,0.2338
Click here for a map of the car park entrance location

Good for birds such as raptors, bearded tits, short eared owl and many more. Also other wildlife.

Ancient, low-lying grazing marsh in the Thames estuary. Wet grassland and ditches, rank grassland and scrub, opened to the public in 2000, after over 100 years as a firing range. Also a small area of woodland.

Bird watchers may see avocet, lapwing, egrets, peregrine, marsh harrier, merlin, bullfinch, stonechat, ringed and golden plover, oystercatcher, water and rock pipit, snipe, chiffchaff, starling, curlew, dunlin, redshank, wigeon, shelduck, pintail, kingfisher, short-eared owl, gulls and geese.

Mammals on the reserve include red fox, stoat, weasel and water vole.

Thames left, path, RSPB Rainham Marshes rightView across Rainham Marshes from the visitor centre photo David Levenson (rspb-images.com)

The car park opens by 9 am. The reserve and cafe are open 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Charges - RSPB members free - please remember to bring your membership card. Non-members: £5 adult, £3 child, £15 family (two adults and up to four children)


  • Visitor centre looking across the marshes
  • Cafe - (10am - 3pm) drinks, hot and cold snacks, with views over the marsh
  • Shop - optics, books, bird food and feeders, clothing
  • Car park (£1 donation requested)
  • Toilets, Disabled toilets
  • Picnic area
  • Guided walks available
  • Four hides plus viewing areas, three nature trails with boardwalks.
  • Once round the reserve is about two and a half miles.
  • Thames riverside path is accessible and adds another mile.

Click Here for information about the reserve

Click here for a PDF map of the reserve