For the next two days, the Veolia Environmental Services’ Rainham landfill and Rainham Marshes nature reserve will undoubtedly be the envy of many a gull interested birdwatcher.
A sold out two day gull ID event, jointly presented by RSPB Rainham Marshes and Veolia Rainham landfill, will bring a small crowd of lucky birders up, close and personal with a varied palette of UK wintering gulls… and they will be in good company.
The event will be hosted by leading world experts on gulls, Klaus Malling Olsen, author of the “bible” Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America and Dominic Mitchell, publisher of Birdwatch Magazine and finder of the UK’s first slaty-backed gull (which coincidentally was found on Veolia’s Rainham landfill).
Together Klaus and Dominic will head a number of sessions dealing with the who’s who of the many species of gulls found on the landfill site. This is in itself rather unique as the site is not normally open to the public. It will be possible to get very close to the thousands of gulls flocking here in their search for food and the experts will talk participants through the various species and give hints and tips on how to tell the different species and races apart.
Keith McGurk, Veolia Environmental Services’ regional director, commented: “Biodiversity can often be found right on our doorsteps in some unusual locations and we actively encourage Rainham landfill as a haven for wildlife. We believe this event provides a great opportunity for the RSPB to increase its specialist knowledge of wintering gulls and strengthen Rainham’s position on the ornithological map.”
Martin Holm, Visitor & Publicity Officer at Rainham Marshes is equally pleased: “I am very happy to be working together with Veolia’s Rainham landfill on this exciting event. Being neighbours –we’re both sitting on London’s eastern boundary alongside the River Thames - this is a great opportunity to join forces and offer visitors to Rainham Marshes an extra special encounter with wildlife, Martin Holm says and continues: “It is my hope that an event like this will make even more people aware of the amazing wildlife Rainham Marshes is boasting and will want to come back and see more.”
The landfill session will be followed by a special ID presentation by Klaus Malling Olsen back at the Rainham Marshes visitor centre.
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1. RSPB Rainham Marshes Environment and Education Centre, café and nature reserve is open seven days a week. For more information, please call 01708 899 840 or visit www.rspb.org.uk/rainham
2. The development of RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve would not be possible without the generous support of RSPB members, supporters and the following organisations: Veolia Havering Riverside Trust, Veolia Mardyke Trust, Veolia ES UK (plc), Biffaward, City Bridge Trust, Homes and Communities Agency's Parklands Funding administered by Essex County Council, the EU’s Interreg IVA Two Seas Cross-Border Cooperation Programme, Defra's Countryside Stewardship Scheme, the Rose Foundation, Defra's Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, Essex County Council, East of England Development Agency, Energy Savings Trust, Environment Agency, Fulham Heating, Heritage Lottery Fund, HSBC, Landfill Communities Fund of Waste Recycling Group Ltd (WRG) administered by the Environmental Body WREN, London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, Natural England, Rail Link Countryside Initiative, SITA Trust, South Essex Green Grid/Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership, Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, Union Railways and Thurrock Council.