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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


Nine Little Grebes ringed so far this year! That's two more than the national total for the whole of 2016!

Our focus now is on the latter stages of Autumn migration...

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:

  • A review of our wintering Chiffchaffs

    After a record year for ringing Chiffchaffs, we await the arrival of wintering birds. Rye Meads is one of the best places in Hertfordshire for wintering Chiffchaffs, but they are not our breeding birds; so where do they come from?

The Scrape at Rye Meads

Observations

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

  • July – August 2017

    Our Nightingales and Little Ringed Plovers have bred, and some unusual Autumn visitors pass through

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.

Click here for more details.