Richard and I went down to the RSPB reserve at Rainham Marshes this afternoon. Despite it being so close to home we'd never visited before. The weather wasn't great; overcast and spits and spots of rain but we had a good time. There were lots of birds around including sand martins, swifts, egrets, herons, reed buntings, reed warbler, goldfinches, coots, moorhen, shelduck, tufted duck & lapwings. The well laid out walkway was about 3 miles long so just enough for a gentle stroll. The marshland discovery centre gave good views over the scrape and there is one hide, with a second one due to open soon. Well worth dropping in if you're close enough. I'm looking forward to visiting again.