Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Rainham Marshes RSPB 2019
Saturday all day walk

Date: Saturday 12 January 2019 at 09:30

Details:

On a rather chilly windy morning six people arrived at Rainham Marshes. It is always a good site to see one or two birds that you may not see at other sites e.g. bearded tit, ruff and water pipit.

On the feeders at the main centre there were house sparrows, blue tits and collared doves. Walking on further, there were wigeon, teal, pintail, snipe, shoveler and shelduck. Moving further round, we visited various hides and saw water pipit, marsh harrier and a ruff, pointed out by one of the younger ones with better eye sight. We also saw stonechat, redwing and fieldfare.

Halfway round, we were really surprised to see four bearded tits, as it was raining and windy at that point.

Having walked around most of the site, we went back to the visitor centre for lunch. After lunch we walked back along the Thames estuary and saw redshank and avocets, but no short-eared owls.

It is always a good site to go to - we saw 53 species and 1 heard, plus a brown rat.


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RSPB Rainham Marshes, 12/1/2019, overcast, showers

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Shelduck

Wigeon

Gadwall

Teal

Mallard

Pintail

Shoveler

Pochard

Tufted Duck

Pheasant

Cormorant

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Marsh Harrier

Sparrowhawk

Common Buzzard

Moorhen

Coot

Avocet

Lapwing

Curlew

Ruff

Dunlin

Redshank

Snipe

Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Wood Pigeon

Collared Dove

Kestrel

Magpie

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Bearded Tit

Skylark

Cetti's Warbler (H)

Starling

Blackbird

Fieldfare

Redwing

Robin

Stonechat

House Sparrow

Pied Wagtail

Meadow Pipit

Water Pipit

Goldfinch

53 Bird Species seen plus 1 heard

Other Wildlife

Brown Rat

6 People

 
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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
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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)

Facilities

  • 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.

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Click here for a PDF map of the reserve