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.

For more pictures, see our galleries of the site, the birds, other fauna and the flora.

News & Events

Showing the birds to visitors

Please note that due to the Avian Influenza outbreak and in accordance with RSPB policy, all ringing demonstrations have been cancelled until further notice.

About us

Find out about our activities and history, lots about Rye Meads itself, and see galleries showcasing the site, the birds, and the other fauna and flora to be found here.

Recent activities

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

  • Tales from the Slick
    Scillies pelagic – or, Three Men in a Boat! Alan Harris recounts the experiences of an RMRG expedition to see pelagic seabirds off Scilly.


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

  • March-April 2022 – Back in the South Lagoons!
    For the first time in two years, we’ve been allowed back into the South Lagoons, and our observations (and ringing) have been boosted as a result. But what species had a record count for Rye Meads?

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:

  • Ringing Review of 2021
    A bad breeding season, no access to Thames Water land, further Covid restrictions… Ringing totals were low, but where were the bright spots?

Support us

Ringing Demo at Lee Valley Fair

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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The Rye Meads Partnership

The Rye Meads Partnership

is a group of interested parties which co-operates in the management of habitat and the means of studying the birds of all of the Rye Meads area. The partners are:

Rye Meads Ringing Group
Thames Water
Environment Agency
Natural England

Cover of The Birds Of Rye Meads

The Birds of Rye Meads

is a fascinating book with information from 40 years of bird study.

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