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Wildlife Walk at Rainham Marshes
Come and explore Rainham Marshes with one of our guides, as we take you on a wonderful wildlife walk around the marshes. Every season sees a different cast of wildlife awaits you!
Rainham Marshes is an important area for wildlife, and a great place for visitors all year round - you can expect to see breeding wading birds and a variety of invertebrates in spring and summer. Also look out for lapwings, redshanks, wheatears, stonechats, kingfishers, hobbies, curlews, swifts, sand martins, house martins, warblers, marsh harriers, reed buntings, water voles, damselflies, butterflies, bees (such as the shrill carder bee and the brown-banded carder bee) and grass snakes.
In winter, you can see large flocks of wildfowl. Keep an eye out for marsh harriers, golden plovers, water and rock pipits, little egrets, snipe, chiffchaffs, curlews, lapwings, dunlins, redshanks, shelducks, peregrines, kingfishers, short-eared owls, stoats and weasels.
Buy your tickets online now to reserve your place!
Adult £10 (£8 RSPB member),
Child £5 (RSPB child member £3).
Please bring your membership cards with you.
Binoculars available for hire. Please ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the event start time.
Wear weather appropriate clothing, and meet us at the reception desk in the visitor centre.
Our walks are usually 2 hours long.
Rainham Marshes is in Purfleet - which is just a few minutes walk from Purfleet station, or just off the A13 and M25 J30/31.
We have a cafe, shop, visitor centre, toilets, four hides, and good hard paths around the reserve. The main visitor trail is a circular route of 2.4 miles.
The picture shows people looking for wildlife on the River Wall of the reserve. David Levenson (rspb-images.com)
long tailed tit photo - credit to Andy Gibbons
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