Month: November 2015

GRMG winter talks update

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Please note that the Little Owl talk on December 10th has now sold out. We look forward to seeing everyone there. Tickets are still available for the Honey-buzzard talk on January 26th, but will no doubt sell out soon too. Head over to the shop to get your ticket(s).


Autumn 2015 newsletter

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UntitledOur Autumn 2015 newsletter has now been sent out, and can also be downloaded from our documents page.  In this issue, you will find an overview of our raptor ID day hosted by Jimmi Hill, our 2015 Peregrine survey results, analysis of our sightings so far this year as well as a few other articles and news stories that will be of interest (we’re still working on the analysis of our Goshawk survey and hope to circulate that soon). If you have any stories or suggestions on items you think we should include in our next newsletter, or you would like to write a guest article, send us an email ( with the subject as ‘Newsletter’.  If you’d like to receive future newsletters in your inbox, just send us an email to let us know.

GRMG winter talks

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To lighten your winter evenings, GRMG is pleased to offer two talks by well-known species specialists:-

Little Owls, with Emily Joachim

Thursday December 10th 2015 – 7.30 start.  Pub food available from 6.30.  £5.

The Cheese Rollers Inn, Shurdington, near Cheltenham, GL51 4XJ.

Emily will talk about this fascinating and photogenic owl, which is in rapid decline. Emily is a raptor ecologist and researcher who specialises in Little Owls in the UK; she recently completed her PhD on UK Little Owl breeding ecology.  She is the founder of, and runs, the UK Little Owls Project and is devoted to supporting the species.  Her recent talk to a group in Wiltshire received excellent reviews online.

Breeding Honey-buzzards in the UK, with Steve Roberts

Tuesday January 26th 2016 – doors open 7pm for a 7.30 start. £5.  Refreshments available for a small charge.

Ribston Hall High School, Stroud Rd, Gloucester (GL1 5LE),

Steve will talk about this enigmatic and hard-to-find species.  He has been studying breeding birds all his life and Honey-buzzards for the past 25 years, which has resulted in him having two major papers published in British Birds as well as other papers elsewhere. Steve is well respected in birding circles, and is an excellent speaker.

Numbers for both events are limited and therefore they are ticket-only. Tickets are now available online via our shop.You will be sent email confirmation once your booking has been received. Please bring proof of booking with you on the night.  As GRMG doesn’t have members paying subscriptions, we need to make a charge to cover the costs of these talks.  Any surplus made on ticket sales will be used by the group for raptor conservation in Gloucestershire.

2015 GRMG Peregrine survey

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Peregrine Falcon, Forest of Dean. (c) Ben Locke
Peregrine Falcon (c) Ben Locke

Following the 2014 national Peregrine survey led by the BTO, GRMG organised a county wide survey to follow up for 2015 and the findings of this can now be found on our documents page. The GRMG will conduct the survey again next year and if you would like to be involved in any way please email us on the usual address; with the subject ‘Peregrine survey’.