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Rainham Marshes nature reserve

Environment and animals | Animals | Local conservation | Parks

Where to find us

Rainham Marshes nature reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ

http://www.rspb.org.uk/rainham

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Organisation aims / mission / values

  • Nature is in big trouble, but we've got big plans to save it.
    From now until 2030, we'll be focusing on some ambitious plans and targets - working together with you and our partners to collectively change the fate of nature.
  • Home for nature - we look after special places for nature. Reserves are at the heart of what we do. They're vital to our conservation work and priceless spaces for everyone to get close to nature.
  • Species Recovery - Nature is in desperate trouble. Species numbers have declined dramatically in recent years and it's vital we work together to help their recovery.

    We'll continue to focus on our priority list of species and help nurture their recovery, through a combination of research, partnerships, landscape-scale conservation and policy work (including campaigning Government).
  • International - Our work will continue to reach far beyond the UK, working with our partners to help protect habitats and save endangered birds and wildlife overseas.

    We're part of BirdLife international, a network of passionate organisations, working together to save shared nature across the globe. We’re proud of our partnerships and their ongoing successes, and dedicated to continuing our work together protecting nature across borders.
  • Rainham Marshes protects an ancient, low-lying grazing marsh in the Thames Estuary. It's wet grassland, ditches and scrub, supports a variety of birds and other wildlife. Marshland birdlife includes breeding waders, such as lapwing and redshank, important numbers of wintering wildfowl, waders, and birds of prey.
  • Habitat management includes grazing cattle and managing water levels, to create a mosaic of tussocky wet grassland, reedbeds and semi-permanent pools. This benefits important plant species, such as golden dock. Managing the ditch systems also benefits water voles, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

    Some areas of tall grass and scrub are left unmanaged to provide different habitats. Wildlife in these areas includes small mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and birds such as wintering short-eared owls and breeding reed buntings. We manage some small sandy areas for specialist insect life.
Rainham Marshes visitor centre at sunset - by Tony O'Brien

Rainham Marshes visitor centre at sunset - by Tony O'Brien

How we deliver these aims

Thanks to the support of people like you we manage nature reserves around the UK to help save nature and encourage people to explore the outdoors. Our species recovery work will continue to focus on our priority list of species and help nurture their recovery, through a combination of research, partnerships, landscape-scale conservation and policy work. As part of the international organisation BirdLife we help protect habitats and save endangered birds and wildlife – wildlife doesn’t just live in one place so by working together we can help protect wildlife around the globe. By working in partnerships, we can establish inspiring and effective collaborations with industry to save nature, both reducing the impact of corporate activity on the natural world and working together to actively improve it.

Who benefits from our work

We can all enjoy nature - and the benefits we get from nature... our pollinators, food, and other materials. Rainham Marshes is great for everyone - explore this lovely nature reserve throughout the year, and get close to the amazing wildlife. There are a number of hides that give great views of wildlife, even without binoculars. The paths and boardwalks are good so you can explore throughout the year, visit our adventure play area, hire a bike, climb on our climbing boulders, enjoy a nice cuppa and homemade cake in our cafe, or join one of our fabulous activities or events.

Volunteer roles

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RSPB Retail

Retail Assistant at Rainham Marshes (Essex)

Rainham Marshes nature reserve

Nature is in big trouble, but we've got big plans to save it.
From now until 2030, we'll be focusing on some ambitious plans and targets - working together with you and our partners to collectively change the fate of nature.

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Location

Rainham Marshes nature reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ