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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

Annual General Meeting

This year’s AGM will be held on Saturday 9th February, 2pm at the RSPB Centre. The formal business is quite short and followed by a members’ slide show, always a fascinating review with some great pictures. All are welcome to attend, even if you are not a member – we’d like to persuade you to become a Friend!

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:

  • Ringing is sometimes a drag!

    Drag netting can be hard work, but it's the best way to catch one of our most enigmatic waders - the secretive Jack Snipe.

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:

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:

  • Pullus ringing does give interesting results

    Toby Spall has long been a dedicated nest-finder and pullus-ringer - you may have read his article in the recent issue of BTO News. But he still finds great pleasure in small rewards from this activity, as he explains here.

Demo of ringing

Support us

We are a self-funding group and rings, nets and equipment are expensive! We need your support. Become a Friend and we will send you regular news and information updates, and you can join us on ringing sessions. Or if you prefer, just donate what you can to our cause.

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