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

Winter is now upon us, and we are monitoring winter visitor populations. There have been good numbers of Redwings, a few Fieldfares and Jack Snipe, and there's still time for the unusual to turn up.

If you see anything interesting at Rye Meads, let the Reserve staff know or contact us with details.

Recent activities

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

  • Meeting the Ghosts in the Garret

    Meeting the Ghosts in the Garret

    A visit to a nestbox to ring some Barn Owl chicks, accompanied by RSPB staff and volunteers - a treat for all to meet such special birds close up.

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 2019

    Ringing review of 2019

    Highlights included record annual totals for Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Reed Warbler; and equal record for Tawny Owl.

Latest posts
Full list


About us

Ringing Hut

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


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

  • Observations – July-August 2020

    Observations - July-August 2020

    This has been a pretty low key autumn for birds, with early departures of local birds and migrants coming through at a trickle; but there's always something of interest!

Support us

Demo of ringing

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.

Click here for more details, or you can subscribe or donate now.

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


The Birds of Rye Meads
is a fascinating book with information from 40 years of bird study.

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RMRG thanks our sponsors

Thames Water
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