- Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve
Rainham Marshes is an
RSPB nature reserveadjacent to the Thames Estuaryin Purfleet, Thurrockeast of London. In 2000, the area of land was bought from the Ministry of Defence, who used it as a test firing range. With no activity for several years, the nature reserve was officially opened to the public in 2006. It has maintained much of its Medievallandscape, and is the largest area of wetlandon the upper parts of the Thames Estuary.
The reserve is home to a diverse range of
birdspecies, wetland plants and insects. It also has one of the most dense water volepopulations in the country. In December 2005, the site was visited by a Sociable Lapwing; over 1,700 people visited the reserve to see this bird. Late in the bird's stay, four Penduline Tits were also found at the site.
The site is home to an environmentally friendly
visitor centrewhich features solar panels, rainwaterharvesting, natural lightand ventilationand a ground heat exchange system. [ [http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/r/rainhammarshes/about.asp RSPB] - "About Rainham Marshes"] Entrance to the site is free to residents of Thurrock and the London Borough of Havering. [ [http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/r/rainhammarshes/index.asp RSPB] - "Rainham Marshes"]
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