Rainham Marsh Nature Reserve
The site is designated as part of the Inner Thames Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest and not only does it preserve a wealth of wildlife but this is combined with a surprising history dating back to time when the Celts and Saxons used the marshes for summer grazing. Even to this day there is a farmer still grazing cattle on Purfleet marshes at the other end.
The grasslands, fringing reed beds and network of ditches here support a number of rare plants, insects and birds and are also home to a large population of water voles. In summer listen out for the reed and sedge warbler or large flocks of lapwing overhead during the winter.
- Special plants and animals
- Plants including golden dock, scarce emerald damselfly, water voles and birds including lapwing, sedge and reed warbler.
- The site will shortly be accessible via the Rainham to Purfleet path (section 24 of the London Loop circular walking route around London). This is a hardened pathway - approximately 5km - suitable for bicycles, pushchairs and wheelchairs which currently leads from the RSPB visitors centre at Purfleet to the site.
- There are two car parks located off Coldharbour Lane.