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.
Friday 18 April 2014 25344 viewers have visited our website
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Wing tag 77 Broady Whipper is seen frequently in Rowlands Gill.
Image courtesy of John Barrett
Image courtesy of Paul Duncan
Image courtesy of Mali Halls
When the Northern Kites Project finished in July 2009, the Friends of Red Kites group was established.
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.
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.
An up-dated, detailed and extended Guide for the Red Kite Trail is now available.
Click on the above image