T100 Sounds Launch
Sounds of Rainham Marshes – Summer Solstice Birdsong walk
Wednesday 21 June 2023
Location: Rainham Marshes Visitor Centre
The first of the T100 Sounds walks was a special summer solstice walk of RSPB Rainham Marshes where you walkers were able to fully take in beautiful birdsong and nature as they ventured along. Once a military firing range, the reserve now explodes with wildlife, which thrive on the ancient grazing marshes of the Thames Estuary. The reserve is a mixture of wet grasslands and ditches, which together with dry grasslands and scrub, are home to a wide variety of birds and scarce wetlands plants and insects.
June is breeding season, so we expected to see lots of wildlife, such as, lapwings, marsh harrier, kestrels, and plenty of marsh frogs and common lizards, as well as nationally rare water voles. Around the scrapes and pools, you’ll find waders and ducks, while the pockets of woodland are the place to spot warblers and woodpeckers, and head to the reedbeds to spot marsh harriers, bearded tits and summer warblers. We saw so many birds along this trip and were very thankful to our leader, one of Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve volunteers, Andrew.
The reserve is an important area for wildlife, and a great place to visit all year-round so please see our recommended route below.