RMRG - studying the birds of Rye Meads

We are a volunteer group whose mission is to study the birds of Rye Meads, Hertfordshire (United Kingdom), by trapping and ringing them, logging sightings, conducting breeding surveys, and recording all nests found. We have been studying this site since 1960 and have data on more than a quarter of a million birds ringed, and have published many papers based on this data. This website presents a summary of the birds, ringing data and activities of the Group.

News & Events

Mystery bird!

Mystery bird

Not a mega rarity but an unusual bird for Rye Meads. What is it and why is the wing important in ageing it?  
Answer now revealed here - well done to those who had it right from the Start!


Ringing Hut

About us

Find out about our activities and history, about Rye Meads itself, and see galleries showcasing the site and the birds.

RM SCES net site

Recent activities

A blog of the Group's activities, and some of our findings and ideas. Here is the latest post:

  • Alan the Robin unmasked

    Alan the Robin has been delighting visitors to the Draper Hide at Rye Meads Nature Reserve for some time. We reveal his identity.

The Scrape at Rye Meads


A synopsis of the interesting sightings of birds at Rye Meads over the past year. Here is the latest post:

  • May-June 2016

    Observations May-June 2016: Star bird was the Purple Heron, but which species reached a new site record? Which common birds were noteworthy rare visitors?

ringing greenfinch

Ringing and Results

Find out about the birds ringed at Rye Meads and what we have learnt about their movements as a result. Here is the latest post:

Demo of ringing

Support us

Become a friend or member of the group and you will receive:

  • regular Bulletins
  • our triennial Report
  • the opportunity to join us on ringing sessions.