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

All ringing demonstrations are cancelled until further notice. See the RSPB’s website here for any news when the situation improves.

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 2021 count dates are as follows:

17th January
14th February
14th March
11th April
23rd May
13th June
25th July
22nd August
12th September
10th October
7th November
19th 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 2021 visit dates are as follows.

Visit 1 Thursday 29 April to Saturday 8 May
Visit 2 Sunday 9 May to Wednesday 19 May
Visit 3 Thursday 20 May to Saturday 29 May
Visit 4 Sunday 30 May to Wednesday 9 June
Visit 5 Thursday 10 June to Saturday 19 June
Visit 6 Sunday 20 June to Wednesday 30 June
Visit 7 Thursday 1 July to Saturday 10 July
Visit 8 Sunday 11 July to Wednesday 21 July
Visit 9 Thursday 22 July to Saturday 31 July
Visit 10 Sunday 1 August to Wednesday 11 August
Visit 11 Thursday 12 August to Saturday 21 August
Visit 12 Sunday 22 August to Wednesday 1 September