Help to support us
The Rye Meads Ringing Group operates as an amateur study group, and is therefore self funding. Whilst we are indebted to Thames Water for sponsorship for some activities, we are nevertheless always in need of funds.
We ring up to 5,000 birds a year; each ring costs from 22p for a Wren to £3.13 for a Mute Swan.
We have more than 30 nets in regular use, they typically last 2-3 years, and cost over £100.
As well as nets and rings, we need to fund the cost of other equipment such as duck traps, biometrics equipment, the ringing laboratory, site management, and so on.
We rely heavily on the financial support of our Friends and Members to keep going.
Why not become a Friend of Rye Meads?
A Friend of Rye Meads receives our bi-monthly Bulletin, which contains details of observations, ringing totals, recoveries and controls and all the latest news from the Group. Friends also receive the triennial Report, which contains a full systematic list of observations, details of ringing and all our recoveries and controls showing where our birds are moving to, breeding survey reports, analysis of nest records, Constant Effort Site reports, as well as the scientific papers published by members of the Group.
Although access to the Rye Meads site itself is by permit only, a Friend can visit by prior arrangement and see the Group at work.
Joining the Group as a Ringer
We are always pleased to welcome experienced ringers as members of the group; and we are also pleased to hear from any keen birdwatchers who would like to be considered as a trainee ringer at Rye Meads. We only have capacity for a limited number of Trainees at any one time, but do regularly have vacancies. Please note that it will require a considerable investment in time and effort, so is not something to be entered into lightly!
We will be pleased to advise you of what is required to train to ring at Rye Meads, and if you are ready for this commitment and have a minimum standard of general birding skills, and are at least 16 years old, then we will either enrol you as a Trainee (if we have the capacity) or advise you where else you might be able to find a Trainer. Our Ringing and Trainee members pay a yearly subscription of £48 (with reduced rates for students).
Click here to contact us about becoming a Ringer.
If you are already a Ringing Member, you can pay your subscription here.