Our next talk – Falcons and the Arctic, Jan 30th – tickets on sale now

We’re delighted to announce that our next talk is on Wednesday 30th January at The Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Gloucester, GL2 9EB – doors open at 7:00pm for a 7:30 start. The speaker is Richard Sale, raptor researcher, Arctic enthusiast and author, and his New Naturalist book “Falcons” was described by British Wildlife magazine as … Read more

Christ Church Peregrine news from Dave Pearce

Many thanks to Dave Pearce for once again providing us with his year summary of the activities of the Christ Church Peregrines. Download this Word document for all the news from Dave, including photos and links to videos. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMI75gJCTSY&w=560&h=315]

Northern Goshawk, the phantom of the forest, an illustrated talk by Steve Watson

On Friday, 16th November Steve Watson will be giving an illustrated talk on Goshawks. Steve will cover the natural history of the goshawk, including its ecology, population dynamics, biology, foraging, courtship and breeding behaviour. This event is organised by the Forest of Dean Group of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Entry is £2 and tickets are … Read more

Project Owl: GRMG Winter Talk

Our first talk of the 2018/19 winter period will be on Wednesday November 14th 2018 when we have Hugh Hanmer from the British Trust for Ornithology. Hugh is the leader of the BTO’s Project Owl, so do come along to hear about this amazing group of raptors – and also find out how you can help with Project … Read more

Tewkesbury Abbey’s Peregrines

Since the first Peregrine was seen at the abbey tower in 2011, this year they have bred to produce a single chick – Paddington. The story of Alice, Bella, Christopher Robin and Paddington – the Peregrines of Tewkesbury Abbey can be read here (Word document).

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.

Early season surveying

Scott Marshall has written some notes from the field detailing some of his experiences during surveying early in the breeding season. Click here to read (Word doc).

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