Recent activities

Recent activities

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Here is our blog about our work, what we are up to at present, what results we have inferred from the quarter of a million birds ringed to date in the Group's existence, and some thoughts about various matters ornithological, from ageing and sexing to trapping methods. We always welcome contact from other ringers and ringing groups.

  • A review of our wintering Chiffchaffs

    After a record year for ringing Chiffchaffs, we await the arrival of wintering birds. Rye Meads is one of the best places in Hertfordshire for wintering Chiffchaffs, but they are not our breeding birds; so where do they come from?

  • RMRG’s very own D-day

    Black-headed Gull colony rafts

    The heroic story of an amphibian operation codenamed E-day involving two vessels and some 300 Black-headed Gulls - a report from the Seamen's Mess by Brian Milligan

  • Record-breaking Black-tailed Godwit

    Breaking news....a new record for Rye Meads. Jan Swan explains about an encounter from the morning of Sunday 25th June...

  • Social media has its uses!

    Social media can be a great tool to help ringing studies. Jan Swan recounts how a recent post on Facebook helped the group identify a new recovery...

  • Hail to the Emperor!

    Emperor Moth

    At the recent Rye Meads RSPB Fun Day, Site Manager Vicky Buckel produced some Emperor Moth pheromone from the freezer, with startling results.

  • Group outing: BTO Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey of Skye

    Skye - MaCloed's Table

    This time last year, an ‘expedition team’ from Rye Meads Ringing Group took part in a UK-wide survey, on Skye.

  • Water Pipits at Rye Meads

    Water Pipit at Rye Meads

    Water Pipits are usually hidden out in the meadows or on the sewage works, so an unusually showy individual on the reserve has created a lot of interest.

  • Alan the Robin unmasked

    Alan Harris with Alan the Robin at the Draper Hide

    Alan the Robin has been delighting visitors to the Draper Hide at Rye Meads Nature Reserve for some time. We reveal his identity.

  • A Bittern comes out of rehab

    Bittern head

    To get to see a magnificent bird like a Bittern up close is a privilege; to get to ring it is even more special!

  • A nice Start at the end

    Redstart 3M

    Jan Swan was lucky enough to catch our best bird of the autumn so far. Here she recounts the experience and tells how it was identified, aged and sexed.