Reports, with Bird Lists, of our Meetings, Walks and Outings

Rainham Marshes RSPB 2016
Saturday all day walk

Date: Saturday 16 January 2016 at 09:30


On a very frosty morning 12 people turned out to Rainham Marshes in Essex.

It was a good day's birding with a total of 63 species, including a few rarities which we don’t see around the Maidenhead area. These birds were Short Eared Owl and Water Pipit, which made the trip worth making.

I think that most people were very impressed with the site and facilities, especially the path that went right round.

All the ducks were there - Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Shoveler, Shelduck, etc but it was rather short on waders. There were some waders on the adjacent Thames estuary, but they were difficult to identify because of the sun shining on the water and mud flats.

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Rainham Marshes RSPB, 16/1/2016, frosty

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose









Tufted Duck



Little Egret

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Marsh Harrier




 Golden Plover





 Black-headed Gull

 Common Gull

 Lesser Black-backed Gull

 Great Black-backed Gull

 Rock Dove

 Wood Pigeon

 Collared Dove

 Short-eared Owl


 Green Woodpecker



 Carrion Crow


 Blue Tit

 Great Tit


 Cetti's Warbler

 Long-tailed Tit


 Wren (Heard)








 House Sparrow

 Pied Wagtail

 Meadow Pipit

 Water Pipit




 Reed Bunting

62 Bird Species seen + 1 heard

12 People

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Aerial View of RSPB Rainham MarshesRainham Marshes RSPB Reserve, March 2012 photo Rolf Williams (

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 (

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


  • Visitor centre looking across the marshes
  • Cafe - 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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