Ravens 2018

The beginning of the nesting season always starts with “Raven time”. Ravens are early nesters often having eggs by mid-February. This season has been a mixed affair with some clutches abandoned due to the severe weather, possibly cutting off food supplies rather than affecting the nest itself, several pairs had a second go with some abandoning the … Read more

The radical otherness of birds

One of our supporters has drawn our attention to this superb piece of writing by American novelist and columnist Jonathan Franzen. It’s about why birds matter and although many of the references are to New World species, the sentiments are universal.

Little Owls by Sam Crofts

Thanks to Sam Crofts for this overview of the work he’s been doing with Little Owls in the county… Being a keen birder and ringer when the opportunity to study Little Owls for my MSc thesis presented itself I jumped at the chance. Little Owls are a species exhibiting dramatic population declines of -57% in … Read more

Symonds Yat – a short story 1984-2017

July 25, 1984 The air is heavy and still. It needs a thunderstorm. We pass by some old derelict farmhouse outbuildings and cut across two fields going over barely negotiable stiles. The track narrows and Coppett Hill ridge closes hard against the river Wye at this point. A herd of deer make their presence felt … Read more

First Day in the Field – 2018

An update from Nat… On Sunday 7th January I headed out for a morning in the field with GRMG’s very own Yoda; Rob – as well as a few others involved in local raptor/bird monitoring. We arrived for 11.00 and watched through until around 14.00 – prime time for watching raptors at this early time of … Read more

Spring 2017 newsletter

Our spring 2017 newsletter has been sent out to subscribers. In this issue we have an update on wildlife crime in the county, information on sightings and surveys, a guest article about Ravens this breeding season and information about our exciting Goshawk colour-ringing project. You can download a copy here and previous issues can be downloaded … Read more

Reporting Wildlife Crime in Gloucestershire

As a monitoring group from time to time we, unfortunately, find ourselves dealing with persecution & disturbance of our birds of prey. As you may well know, the GRMG has a very close working relationship with Gloucestershire Police, the RSPB investigations team & Natural England. We are very pleased we have established such good relationships … Read more