Yesterday I went to Rainham with Shane, and we met Andy there for a day (well, a morning) of birding/insecting/mammaling/fishing (not that kind of fishing) on this lovely gem of a reserve in east London. The clouds burned away within the first half hour and then it was hazy but hot sunshine for the rest of the day.
We followed the trail clockwise, along the path/boardwalk through reedbeds that were alive with Reed Warbler song.
We shelved our plans to do the whole loop again in reverse, we were all suffering the effects of the heat. Instead we decided to walk down to the one-way gate and then back along the river path.