Information and events

This page contains general information on activities and events that the Group is involved in. It is particularly aimed at our ringing members and helpers, but will also be of interest for other visitors to Rye Meads.

Ringers’ pages are here (access by invitation only).

Public events

Showing the birds to visitors

The following ringing demonstrations are planned:

Saturday 21 May – Nestbox Watch
Starting at 13:00
Accompany the ringers checking our nestboxes and ringing the chicks that are ready.

Saturday 16th July – NE London RSPB Group visit – 08:00-10:00
Group visit to observe our activities

Our ringing demonstrations all need to be booked with the RSPB. See the RSPB’s website here for upcoming events and booking details. Note that all ringing demonstrations are subject to last minute change if the weather is not suitable.

Wetland Bird Survey

This survey, usually known simply as WeBS, aims to make co-ordinated national counts of all wetland birds in order to monitor populations, both wintering and breeding. We count the birds of Rye Meads, including the sewage works site. The 2022 count dates are as follows:

23rd January

20th February

20th March

17th April

15th May

19th June

17th July

14th August

11th September

9th October

13th November

11th December

(These are SUNDAYS – note actual count date may be the SATURDAY of that weekend at the discretion of the counter)

Constant Effort Sites

The CES Scheme requires timed ringing sessions at specific date periods using the same net sites through the summer, so as to provide at a national level statistically significant catch numbers to monitor population trends and breeding productivity. The 2022 visit dates are as follows.

Visit 1 Thursday 28 April to Saturday 7 May

Visit 2 Sunday 8 May to Wednesday 18 May

Visit 3 Thursday 19 May to Saturday 28 May

Visit 4 Sunday 29 May to Wednesday 8 June

Visit 5 Thursday 9 June to Saturday 18 June

Visit 6 Sunday 19 June to Wednesday 29 June

Visit 7 Thursday 30 June to Saturday 9 July

Visit 8 Sunday 10 July to Wednesday 20 July

Visit 9 Thursday 21 July to Saturday 30 July

Visit 10 Sunday 31 July to Wednesday 10 August

Visit 11 Thursday 11 August to Saturday 20 August

Visit 12 Sunday 21 August to Wednesday 31 August