Rainham Marshes, RSPB wildlife reserve nr Purfleet, Essex
1 April-31 October 9.30 am-5 pm. 1 November-31 March 9.30 am-4.30 pm. Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
01708 899 840
Here's what the RSPB say about their wildlife reserve at Rainham Marshes:
"You can expect to see breeding wading birds in spring and summer, and large flocks of wild ducks in winter.
Birds of prey and rare birds are regularly seen too. There are also water voles in the ditches and rare dragonflies flit across the boardwalks.
Currently two bird hides provide perfect twitcher oppportunities, the family orientated Marshland Discovery Zone will teach you all a few things and there are several open viewing areas.
There are a network of nature trails currently in place, which are utilised for specific guided walks and events. There are approximately 2.5 miles plus of nature boardwalks, all designed for wheelchair and pushchair access.
There is an innovative visitor centre, with huge picture-windows that look out across the marshes. It is full of environmentally friendly features and already boasts a handful of prestigious architectural awards.
There is also a shop and café and a new wildlife garden and children's adventure play area too. A full events programme offers something for everyone, and whilst there are still several years to go to finish all the visitor features out on the reserve, it is already an incredible transformation. Boardwalks throughout the reserve give access for wheelchairs and pushchairs."
Photos of birds courtesy of RSPB website: Steve Round and Chris Gommersall.
Car park: voluntary £1 donation. Reserve: Free to RSPB members and residents of Havering and Thurrock. Non-members: £3 adult, £1.50 child, £9 family (two adults and up to four children). There are extra costs for some events - please check when you book. Click on 'View Owners website' for more details.
Visitor centre Car park Toilets Disabled toilets Baby-changing facilities Picnic area Group bookings accepted Guided walks available Good for walking Pushchair friendly
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