Get close to nature at RSPB Rainham Marshes

Purfleet, Essex

With big skies and exciting wildlife, there’s something for everyone wanting to great closer to nature – from walkers to wildlife enthusiasts.

One of a few ancient landscapes remaining in London, these medieval marshes right next to the River Thames were closed to the public for over 100 years and used as a military firing range.

The RSPB acquired the site in 2000 and transformed it into a unique marshland, teeming with a myriad of wildlife from birds and mammals to insects and reptiles.

You can expect to see breeding birds in spring and summer, and large flocks of wild ducks in winter. Birds of prey and rare birds are regularly seen, as well as water voles in the ditches and rare dragonflies flitting across the boardwalks.

With over 2 miles of fully accessible trails, hides with great views over the marshes, toddler and adventure play areas, a wildlife garden, events programme, school and group visits, Visitor Centre, toilets, café and shop - the reserve is a fantastic day out for all.


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For more local tourist information:

  • Brentwood Tourist Information Centre
  • Contact Details 01277 312500

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A family exploring the reserveA family exploring the reserve © Jesper Mattias (
Sunset at RSPB Rainham Marshes Sunset at RSPB Rainham Marshes © Howard Vaughan
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