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2014 is our Double Anniversary Year.   

 2014 celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the release of the first red kite into the Derwent Valley.

 2014 also celebrates the 5th Anniversary of Friends of Red Kites, formed in 2009.

Follow our events on the 2014 Anniversary celebrations page. 

Welcome

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The red kite is one of Britain's rarest and most spectacular birds, especially at close quarters.Between 2004and 2007 the Northern Kites Project re-introduced 94 red kites into the lower Derwent Valley.  This Project was unique; whereas the previous ones had been carried out in rural areas, this one brought back the kites to a semi-urban environment, close to the large conurbation of Gateshead and its neighbour on the north bank of the River Tyne, Newcastle.   People can now walk to admire the red kites in the Lower Derwent Valley and yet, in the distance, they can see the silver roof of The Sage Gateshead.

Kite  Viaduct  Mick Render

Red Kite image courtesy of Mick Render   18 October 2014

It was in 2006 that red kites began to breed in the region for the first time after an absence of 170 years. The core area for the kites is the Lower Derwent Valley but  as the population increases they are slowly becoming more widely distributed.

Kite with food  Derek Bilton

                                                                                   Image courtesy of Derek Bilton

Kite in flight   Derek Bilton

Image courtesy of Derek Bilton 

Here is Wing Tag 76, Chester, perched

WT 76  perched D Bilton

  Images courtesy of  Derek Bilton 

 When the Northern Kites Project finished in July 2009, the Friends of Red Kites group was established.

FoRK launch

Image courtesy of Patrick Malone 

Go-North East kindly gave the Group a Red Kite Bus for four hours, and we held a rolling Launch at Lintzford Garden Centre and at Gibside.  The co-operation and support of Staff was much appreciated. 

FoRK aims

We continue  working to conserve Wildlife, supporting the Economy, working with our local Partners and encouraging people to become the Guardians of these majestic Red Kites, which are so welcome.

Red Kite Trail Guide

An up-dated, detailed and extended Guide for the Red Kite Trail is now available.

Click on the above image