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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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Kite greetings 

The red kite is one of Britain's rarest and most spectacular birds, especially at close quarters. Between 2004 and 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.

Close encounter Max Silverman

                                                                       A close encounter                     Image: Max Silverman

                                                                         Kites in flight                            Image: Derek Bilton


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.
 

Here is Wing Tag 76, Chester, perched

WT 76  perched D Bilton

  Images courtesy of  Derek Bilton 


RowGill Banner presentation

Rowlands Gill Primary School received its Banner, the final piece in the Creative Workshop led by Clare Satow and generously sponsored by Gateshead Council as part of the On Red Kite Wings 2014 Anniversary Celebrations  in July.   June Atkinson and Marian Williams represented Friends of Red Kites at Morning Assembly on Friday, 21st November,  when Ms Hannah Martin, Head,  accepted the children's splendid work, which will go on display in school as yet another reminder of their support for the majestic Red Kite which forms part of the design for the School Badge..

For full coverage of this event please go to   http://www.friendsofredkites.org.uk/page14.htm

 


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.


 Presentations Team

Presentation Team Sylvia Jones
Harold Dobson  Presentation Team

Judy summerson  Presentation Team 

Sylvia Jones
 Harold Dobson
 Judy Summerson

 Our Presentation Team is willing to consider any request for an illustrated Talk about the work of Friends of Red Kites, subject to availability of presenters.     We have a basic minimum charge of £25 on a sliding scale, depending on the size of the group.   Travelling expenses are requested.  FoRK is no longer funded by any external group.

 Presentation at Barnard Castle 

Image: June Atkinson

Presentation at The Nest   Barnard Castle

Contact us through our website,  or contact Judy Summerson,

whose details can be found here:   http://www.friendsofredkites.org.uk/page4.htm

 


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

 

Red Kite Trail Guide

 

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