Summer Sketch Tour with J D Swann

Sunday 16 June 2024

1 – 4pm 

Start & End: Rainham Visitor Centre, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ

A creative walk-through of RSPB Rainham Marshes with ornithological investigator J D Swann. The group will map the reserve through drawing and observation, binoculars and cameras are also encouraged to help bring wildlife closer. We will review what we have seen and record at the end.

In June there is likely to be the sound of Marsh frogs and Reed warblers, birds such as Lapwing, Kestrel and Marsh Harrier around the reserve, as well as Little Grebe and Moorhen.

J D will give some guidance throughout the walk on drawing the wetland landscape and wildlife of the marshes. The session is for anyone who wants to try drawing, you do not need to consider yourself an artist. The emphasis is on drawing what interests you in RSPB Rainham and putting it on paper. However, if you prefer to take photos or just observe, that is fine. Everyone will be given a clipboard with paper and drawing materials (coloured pencils/crayons). In case there are not so many species around, there will be printouts and photos for reference in the hides.

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(c) RSPB Rainham Marshes 


  • Duration: 3 hour walk (with longer stops along the way for sketching, some seating available at each)
  • Distance: 2.4 miles 
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Terrain: Uneven ground, bodies of water, tendency for boggy ground, hills, overhanging trees or plants and wildlife. 
  • Access: Accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs 
  • Walk leader: J D Swann 

MAPRainham Marshes Map




Purfleet Train Station (frequent trains from London Fenchurch Street and Grays) is 20mins walk away


Car park on-site, paid for via Car Park app


Accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

T100 walks are of different lengths and on varying terrain. Some are mainly on footpaths, and others mainly on footpaths where ground may be uneven. We have designed our programme with accessibility in mind so we hope that there is something for everyone to enjoy. If you would like to discuss this, please contact nicole@kinetika.co.uk.    

Please note: Everyone needs to choose walks within their capabilities; the walk leaders are experienced but must take people’s word that they are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk they have chosen.

Due care has been exercised in organising the walks, however, T100, the funders and associated partners of the project cannot accept liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes, especially unsupervised. Participants under the age of 16 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. 


 Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. The weather can be unpredictable so bring waterproof clothing and/or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for all weather! Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but if you don’t have these please wear suitable and comfortable footwear – best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home. Make sure you bring snacks and a packed lunch with you, if necessary, and plenty to drink. 

Toilet facilities can be accessed at the Visitor Centre at the start or at the end of the walk.


We will be taking photographs and video of this event to promote and celebrate the project in print and online. If you do not give consent to be photographed or filmed, that’s absolutely fine, please let a member of the Kinetika team know on the day.  If you take any of your own photos whilst taking part in the walk, we would love to see them. Share your photos on social media with #T100GoesWild.


  • J D Swann 
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes 


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