Rainham Marshes, Essex
Just on the borders of East London are a haven of various bird species and wetland insects and plants. In the rural of Essex, you’ll not only find Medieval sceneries but also the RSPB nature reserve of Rainham Marshes.
With almost 2,000 bird-watchers visiting this marshland, only the residents of the London Borough of Havering and Thurrock enjoy a free entrance to this Metropolitan Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, which particularly doesn’t only consist of the Rainham Marshes but also of the Aveley and Wennington Marshes.
The Daily Mail UK Travel correspondent Gareth Huw Davies traveled into this part of the UK just to see the various birds that flock to its wetlands (“Perfect for Beak Breaks: The Only Place is Essex for a Spot of Bird-Watching”). In here, he delights himself with local birds like the avocet, “with its elegant upturned beak”.
Below is a short snippet from his travel article:
The birds needed no encouragement to flood on to the 1,015-acre site. Left to itself, nature will make a home almost anywhere… Nowadays, compared with the average theme park, this wildlife paradise is a real bargain, with a family ticket costing just £9… There’s a playground and children’s adventure play area and plenty of information in the bird watching shelters to inspire the next David Attenborough.
Get the rest of his article here, and learn more about his birding activity in Essex.