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

Unfortunately the Reserve at Rye Meads is closed to all visitors (including ourselves!) until further notice.

All ringing demonstrations have been cancelled. Indeed, it remains to be seen when we will be able to continue any ringing, and it looks unlikely that we will be able to undertake our breeding bird surveys. We hope our Friends will still renew subscriptions and we will endeavour to keep you abreast of any bird news.

About us

Ringing Hut

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

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…

    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.


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

  • January – February 2020

    January - February 2020

    The weather was wild, wet and windy, but the birding was generally quiet; nevertheless there were a few highlights.

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

    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.

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.

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List of articles posted

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