100 Tawny Owl boxes

With the continued and growing support of numerous landowners and large estates both in the Southam area and reaching out to a 10-mile radius in the Newent area, the 100th Tawny owl box was installed on Wednesday.

Autumn 2016 newsletter

The autumn 2016 GRMG newsletter has been sent out to people on our mailing list, and is now available to download here. In this issue, you will find the results from our Little Owl survey, comments on the 2016 Peregrine survey,information on wildlife crime in the county, and two guest articles – ‘The Yorkley Ravens’ … Read more

GRMG winter talks 2016/17

We are delighted to offer two talks this winter by speakers who are both nationally recognised authorities on their species. These are ticket-only events; tickets are available at £5 each from the shop on our website, www.glosraptors.co.uk. If you are unable to buy tickets online, contact us on [email protected] to reserve tickets for collection on the door. At … Read more

Update on summer 2016

You will have noticed that we haven’t posted anything for a while… that’s not because there hasn’t been anything going on! On the contrary, it’s because we’ve all been too busy to write anything for the website (must do better…). So here’s a brief summary of various things that have occupied us this summer: Nest-finding … Read more

Appeal for information

On Thursday, April 21st the RSPCA were called to an incident involving a domestic cat and a Goshawk in the Brockweir area of the Forest of Dean, close to the Welsh border. The bird was taken to the Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre (Beckford) where an X-Ray was taken for a fractured wing. The … Read more

Little Owl survey

You may be aware of the fact that Little Owl populations are in decline in Britain, so we have decided to make the Little Owl our main survey species for 2016 in the hope of learning something about how local populations are faring and seeking possible causes of the decline. The BTO are planning a … Read more

Climber required

Are you a climber and a keen birder, or know someone who is? Each year our resident ringer Robin Husbands (fully licensed with the BTO and Natural England) rings a large number of young birds of prey over the course of the breeding season here in Gloucestershire. Although Rob is not the only licenced ringer … Read more

Raptor breeding observation notes

Following on from Steve’s excellent breeding activity chart which we featured last month,  Steve has now produced a companion document, in the form of some raptor breeding activity observation notes. The previous chart illustrated when to look out for the different phases of breeding for each respective raptor species. This chart expands on that by detailing the … Read more

BAWC Conference

Last weekend two of the team attended the Birders Against Wildlife Crime conference in Bristol. Thanks to Gareth for this summary of the day. Birders Against Wildlife Crime was founded by a group of birders that were fed up with Wildlife Crime in general and wanted to do something about it.  Their mantra is Recognise, … Read more

Spring 2016 newsletter

The spring 2016 GRMG newsletter has been sent out to people on our mailing list, and is now available to download here. In this issue, you will find a review of the talks we hosted over the Winter period, the results from our 2015 Goshawk survey, an update on our Tawny box project as well as … Read more

Raptor breeding activity

Steve Watson has prepared a chart that illustrates exactly what breeding activity can be observed from our raptors, and at what time of year. Courtship is already well under way with more species expected to join the quest for a breeding partner in the coming weeks, as indeed is nesting activity in some species. Please … Read more