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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

News of a sighting of a Lithuanian-ringed Black-headed Gull is in the October Bulletin. Become a Friend for early news of this.

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:

  • One in a (quarter) million…

    On Saturday 13 July 2019 the Rye Meads Ringing Group (RMRG) reached an amazing milestone. Read on to find out more details.

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 2019

    Bumper numbers of small birds, a long-staying Marsh Harrier, and our first Little Owl for five years.

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:

  • Ringing Review of 2018

    After a challenging year for birds, our ringing totals were the lowest for six years, but we did ring our 141st new species.

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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