News and information

The State of the UK's Birds in 2013
... is a report published jointly by the BTO, RSPB and the relevant national government organisations for Nature, released on 9th December 2013. It makes sombre reading in that many birds are in serious decline. Amongst the headlines are the near complete collapse of the populations of Turtle Dove and Willow Tit - both now extinct in large parts of the country - and reductions of more than half of our breeding Cuckoo, Whinchat, Starling, Wood Warbler, and Grey Partridge since 1995. Get the report here.

The Rye Meads Partnership

Rye Meads Partnership

A collaboration between RSPB, HMWT, Natural England, the Environment Agency, Thames Water and RMRG working for the benefit of the birds of Rye Meads.

Welcome to the RMRG web site

We are a volunteer group whose mission is to study the birds of Rye Meads, Hertfordshire (United Kingdom), particularly by trapping and ringing them. This site presents a summary of the birds, ringing data and activities of the Group.

For a more detailed description of the activities of the Group, see About RMRG. You can also find here a description of the site, and photographs not only of the site but also of some of the birds we catch.

Highlights of birds seen at Rye Meads this year can be found in the Observations section. Members and Friends of the Group receive more details in our Bulletin; click here to find out how to join.

For information about birds we have ringed, go to our Ringing Totals page. This shows details of year to date totals, with a summary interpreting last year's highlights. In addition, a review of the Group's contribution to the national totals based on the most recently issued Ringing Scheme report can be found here.

A summary of birds ringed at Rye Meads and reported from elsewhere - and vice versa - can be found at Recoveries.

If you wish to contact the Group, by email or by letter or phone, details are in Contacts.

If you are not already a ringer but are interested in becoming one, then click here for information on how to become a trainee of the Group.

Information for ringing members and trainees, including planned ringing sessions, is available here (login required).

Finally, for links to other bird web sites that may interest you, see our Links page.

Cover of Birds of Rye Meads

"The Birds of Rye Meads" is a fascinating book with information from 40 years of bird study at Rye Meads. Now only £5!

Bird Brain UK

Bird Brain UK is a sponsor of Rye Meads Ringing Group