These medieval marshes are right next to the River Thames and have undergone a huge transformation into an important place for nature and a great place for people to visit. In Spring and Summer you can expect to see breeding wading birds and in Winter large flocks of wild ducks although birds can be seen all year round. There are water voles in the ditches and rare dragonflies flutter across the boardwalks.
The visitor centre has huge picture windows that look out across the marshes. Within the visitor centre there is a shop and café, a new wildlife garden and children's adventure play area too. Boardwalks throughout the reserve give access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. A full events programme offers something for everyone.
For more information on events at the reserve, please visit RSPB - Rainham Marshes - Events.
The Marshes were acquired in 2000 after being closed to the public for over 100 years. They were previously used as a military firing range. The RSPB is working to restore important habitats and help transform a former wasteland into an important natural asset.
The variety of wildlife and habitats provide a great opportunity for all types of field study. The courses have all been risk assessed and are linked to the National Curriculum, focusing specifically on the science, geography and history curriculum guidelines. A visit provides an opportunity to develop new skills, encouraging hands-on activities and making real world links from the classroom to the natural environment.
For more information on Rainham Marshes please visit RSPB - Rainham Marshes