Raptor ID day tickets now available

As per our previous post, GRMG are hosting a raptor identification day, at the International Centre of Birds of Prey on June 20th from 10.30am – 4pm. The day has been designed to help birders and raptor enthusiasts improve identification skills as well as field work skills. Priced at £15, tickets are now available in the GRMG … Read more

Upcoming: Raptor ID Day

On June 20th we will be hosting a ‘Raptor ID Day’ at the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent. This day has been designed to support birders and raptor enthusiasts to help to improve their identification skills as well as field work skills, and will include; – Information on identification and behaviour of … Read more

GRMG badges now available

It’s now possible to show your support for GRMG with one of our GRMG badges. These 16mm nickel plated clutch back badges, bearing the GRMG logo, are a premium badge and look almost like a piece of jewellery, not too dissimilar from a gentleman’s cuff-link. All proceeds raised are used towards things such as nest … Read more

The usefulness of grid references

This map gives an impression of where you are reporting seeing various species of raptor to GRMG via our online submission form. Click on the map for a large view. It doesn’t represent a complete picture of raptor distribution, but merely where people are seeing them and choosing to report them to us. There is … Read more

Kestrels in Gloucestershire

Andrew Bluett has been examining the records received by both the county recorder and GRMG, of Kestrel sightings in the county, and has compiled a factsheet on the species. The document is planned to be updated periodically as further records are received, but it is available to download now from our documents page, or by … Read more

Homes for Hooters

With materials bought with a grant from GNS, and using facilities at ICBP, Rich Harris and Jimmi Hill are busy making Tawny Owl nest boxes. In the Rich’s words, they have made many “first class homes for hooters”, tweaking their designs to maximise the number of boxes they can make with the available materials, whilst at … Read more

April records

Apologies for the lack of updates on the website over the last month. Needless to say, the group has been very busy what with the ongoing county Peregrine and Goshawk surveys, amongst other things which we’ll soon be able to provide news about. It’s been another great month again with regard to the number of … Read more

March records

Thank you to everyone for continuing to send in your records of sightings to GRMG. March has been another successful month for the group, with lots going on (see previous posts), and a busy time ahead! Once again, predictably it was the Common Buzzard that was the most frequent addition to our database this month, but … Read more

Species information updates

Our species information pages have now been updated with audio recordings of example calls of all of the species that GRMG monitors. There is only one recording per species, so it is in no way representative of the full repertoire of each bird, but hopefully some will find it to be a useful guide. In … Read more

Goshawk ID morning at New Fancy

A few notes from Rob regarding the Goshawk ID morning that GRMG hosted this morning, in preparation for the county-wide Goshawk survey… The morning looked like it could be a washout when the group of a dozen or so set off to the top of New Fancy viewpoint. Everyone introduced themselves and set out their … Read more

Common Buzzard and Goshawk Lead Poisoning

Over the last two months the ICBP has had two birds admitted with cases of lead poisoning. This account explains further, and might help others recognise the symptoms in other birds in the wild. The first case was of a Common buzzard which was admitted to the hospital by a member of the public on … Read more