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.
With very generous support and co-operation from
Go North East, Friends of Red Kites
enjoyed a tour of Red Kite country recently.
Go to 2014 Anniversary page to read all about it.
On Saturday 5 July, we celebrated
ON RED KITE WINGS
In 2004, when the red kite reintroduction was begun by Northern Kites, Rowlands Gill Primary School was the first to adopt a kite chick, named Speedy. He sped off to join the Yorkshire Kites soon after!
The children of Year Six, under the direction of Clare Satow, a local artist, created thesebeautiful and colourful red kite mobiles which were suspended from the balconies of the Sage Gateshead Halls.
Red Kite mobiles facing west on Hall Two Balcony
The mobiles facing east on Hall One Balcony
We were greatly honoured to have Royal Northern Sinfonia Ensemble playing for us.
They were under the experienced baton of Mark Edwards.
Trai Anfield, Patron of Friends of Red Kites presented the two concerts in Hall Two.
The Stocksfield Stompers performed and delighted everyone in Hall Two and on the Concourse.
Images courtesy of Jane Adamson, John O'Rourke
Image courtesy of Christine English
The Concourse became lively as people enjoyed the displays and The Stompers' playing.
Below, Marian Williams and BaK School entries and Eric Nicholson with FoRK members' entries.
We were delighted to welcome RSPB to contribute to our Event. Hen Harriers are important, too!
Mick Render, Washington, and one of our Members, won the Photographic Competition with his stunning close-up portrait of one of our Red Kites.
Image courtesy of Jon Clapham
Our Red Kite mosaic landed on Performance Square at Sage Gateshead!
The first kite mobile went up, suspended from Hall One at Sage Gateshead.
Amble First School choir performed twice on the Concourse, to the delight of the spectators.
Rehearsed for months, they sang "like angels"! John Treherne directed from the keyboard.
ON RED KITE WINGS
held at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 5 July 2014.
Full details are on our 2014 Anniversary Celebrations page.
Go to our Media page for a Press release.
In 2009, the kite mosaic was built on Baltic Quays to mark the end of a very successful Northern Kites Project, to introduce red kites into Gateshead's Derwent Valley, after 170 years' absence.
On Saturday 5 July it was built at Sage Gateshead
In May 2014, it was built on Palace Green, Durham Cathedral, a World Heritage site. The Flight of the Red Kite Photo Exhibition was on display during May and attracted 1572 visitors.
as part of our free Event On Red Kite Wings.
Producer: ON RED KITE WINGS Chris Pentney
Head of Folkworks Programme Sage GatesheadFriends of Red Kites, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne International Centre for Music Studies, directed by Professor Agustín Fernández, Royal Northern Sinfonia Ensemble under the baton of Mark Edwards and managed by Hannah Reynolds, and Sage staff collaborated for over a year to create this event . Robin Purser, Adult Learning Manager, ensured the practical layout of the Concourse. Harriet Mayhew, Communications Manager, generated excellent publicity for the Event. Chris guided us throughout; FoRK wish to express their appreciation for the sustained effort, understanding and support shown by everyone.
We congratulate Hugo Bell, Ian Fleming and Hannah Hawley on their winning compositions.
A special word of thanks is extended to our Committee and our Volunteers who manned the event.
We thank our Patron, Trai Anfield, for hosting the concerts and for creating the accompanying film.
Finally, our thanks to Anthony Sargent CBE General Director, Sage Gateshead, who saw merit in the proposal to create music which celebrates the return of our majestic Red Kites to our northern skies.
Our Flight of the Red Kite Photographic Exhibition
has now ended at this venue and will next
be staged at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 5 July 2014
All the details are to be found on our Flight of the Kite page
Our Red Kite Mosaic was built on Palace Green
on Saturday 24 May at 10a.m.
Volunteers constructed the 150 - tile red kite mosaic.
Visitors to the Cathedral were encouraged to join in the build.
The story of this memorable build is on Flight of the Kite Page.
THe red kite mosaic will now go to a Conservation group in the Black Isle, Ross-shire, to help in the fight against persecution there.
Our Befriend a Kite Scheme
The choir of Amble First School, Northumberland, sang twice on the Concourse at our all-day Event ON RED KITE WINGS.
John Treherne, former Director of Music in Gateshead Schools, had composed two new Kite songs for the children and they also sang their well-known song, MUFFIN the PUFFIN
Schools are invited to join; details on the Befriend a Kite Scheme Page.
ANNIVERSARY WALK IN LANCHESTER VALLEY
On Wednesday 16th April, a group of 22 keen and enthusiastic Health Walkers met at the former Rowley station in County Durham to walk a 7-mile section of the Lanchester Valley Walk, on the course of an old railway line. The group was led by John and Joanne Davison, who pointed out places of interest along the way.
Go to our 2014 Anniversary Celebrations page for this story.
CHICKS' PHOTO GALLERY
Go to the 2014 Breeding survey page to see
all of our chicks which have been found and tagged and /or ringed.
One of Scarlet's two 2014 chicks
News from Yorkshire Red Kites
Doug Simpson MBE sent us news of our Wing Tag 02.
Scarlet left the Derwent Valley in August 2005 and has bred
very successfully in the Harewood House area, near Harrogate.
Read more on our News and Features page.
Red Kite Breeding Survey 2014 in north east of England
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. A further Training Day was held on Saturday 22 February 2014. A further meeting was held on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 at Thornley Woodlands Visitor Centre to consolidate results.
All the details are to be found on the 2014 Red Kite Breeding Survey page.
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.
Image courtesy of Iain Clyne
Red Philip Wing Tag 15 Image courtesy of Paul Danielson
Here is Wing Tag 76, Chester, flying and below, perched
Images courtesy of Derek Bilton
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 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.
An up-dated, detailed and extended Guide for the Red Kite Trail is now available.
Click on the above image