Part of the Thames Estuary, not far from the bustling streets of London, Rainham Marshes is a haven for all kinds of wildlife – birds, water voles, dragonflies and more. Enjoy an adventure into nature, whether you explore this medieval landscape on foot or by bike.

Rainham Marshes protects 411 hectares of ancient, low-lying grazing marsh in the Thames Estuary. Its complex of wet grassland and ditches, together with grassland and scrub, supports many breeding and wintering birds. Wildlife also includes scarce wetland plants and insects, and a key population of the nationally declining water vole.

The RSPB is working to manage important habitats and improve their biodiversity. A former military firing range, the reserve is now developing into a great place to see wildlife, and with lots of the former military heritage still to be seen.

Scrapes and pools provide feeding and breeding habitat for waders and ducks. The woodland is great for woodland species such as small birds like warblers, woodpeckers and it is an important invertebrate refuge, especially in the area called the cordite store.

Areas of reedbeds provide home to our resident marsh harriers, bearded tits and our summer visiting warblers.

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Latitude / Longitude: 51.488749810599, 0.22641626754675

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