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Visitor centre, RSPB Rainham Marshes
Visitor centre, RSPB Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes is an area of natural marsh land lying in the Thames Gateway. Its wet grassland and ditches have been preserved among the ever expanding urban sprawl.

Where are the marshes?

Rainham Marshes sit alongside the River Thames, just inside the M25 and within sight of the Dartford Crossing.

History

This ancient marshland landscape has survived on the urban fringes thanks to the Ministry of Defence, which used the area as a firing range until the 1990s.

The RSPB acquired the site in 2000.  Since then they have worked to develop the area as a nature reserve where local people and visitors to the area can enjoy the amazing range of wildlife found on the Marshes.

It is hoped that preserving a bit of natural land in an area that is very built up it will make the Thames Gateway a more attractive place to live and visit.

Facts and Figures

The RSPB owns nearly 20 square kilometres of land in the Thames Gateway at Rainham, in South Essex and North Kent.  This makes it the largest Non Government Owned landowner in the Gateway.

The reserve is 353-hectares in size.

The unique state-of-the-art building at the reserve has been designed to have a minimum impact on the environment and incorporates many water and energy saving features as well as providing stunning views over the reserve.

Essential links

For more information click on the links below.

Rainham Marshes Gallery >
Heritage Lottery Fund >
TTGDC >
RSPB Rainham Marshes >
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