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

Follow our plans on the 2014 Anniversary celebrations page.

 

Welcome

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Scottish red kite

Ross-shire bird poisoning reward 

rises to more than £26,000

Angry response grows countrywide

Protest Rally in Inverness planned for Saturday 12 April 2014

Report on our Media coverage page.


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  Members' Night   Wednesday 9 April

Go to our Events page to read all about the Auction 

and to find out how much we raised towards our 

Breeding Survey work and buying tail-transmitters.

 

Training Session Survey 10 Feb 14

BREEDING SURVEY TRAINING HAS TAKEN PLACE

THE SECOND TRAINING SESSION FOR SURVEY TEAM VOLUNTEERS WAS HELD  AT ROWLANDS GILL VIADUCT AND THORNLEY WOODLANDS VISITOR CENTRE on SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2014

Go to 2014 Red Kite Breeding Survey page for a   pdf of the Training Session 1 and of Session 2. 

Hugo Bell ICMuS

ON RED KITE WINGS

Go to our 2014 Anniversary Celebrations page

for a pdf of this unique and exciting collaborative

venture  involving Friends of Red Kites, 

Sage Gateshead and the University of Newcastle

Students studying with Professor Agustín Fernández at Newcastle University's International Centre for Music  presented their works played by a Royal Northern Sinfonia Ensemble, under the baton of Mark Edwards.


 

Our Flight of the Red Kite Photographic Exhibition

will shortly be displayed at this prestigious venue in Durham City.

All the details are to be found on our Flight of the Kite page.


 

Red Kite Breeding Survey 2014

Our Survey began on Monday 10 February, with the first Training Day held at Thornley Woodlands Visitor Centre, led by Ken Sanderson, Chairman and Kite Officer.  Other Volunteers were also there to welcome  the sizeable Team for this extremely important task.   It is not too late to join us. Contact us on our Webmail address.  A further Training Day will be held on Saturday 22 February 2014.

All the details are to be found on the 2014 Red Kite Breeding Survey page.   We value your help!

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  Image courtesy of George Francis

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 conglomeration 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.
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    Image courtesy of Carolyn Farthing-Dunn
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 becoming more widely distributed.

Wing tag 77 Broady Whipper  is seen frequently in Rowlands Gill.

WT77 Broady Whipper

 Image courtesy of John Barrett

Kite _Far Pastures

Image courtesy of  Paul Duncan

Diving red kite

  Image courtesy of Mali Halls

 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 hope to continue the superb work of the five-year Northern Kites Project, 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 have established themselves so well in our region. 

 

Red Kite Trail Guide

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

Click on the above image 

 


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