2014 celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the release of the first red kite into the Derwent Valley.
2014 also celebrated the 5th Anniversary of Friends of Red Kites, formed in 2009.
2014 was the most successful breeding season since our red kites were first introduced.
We look forward to 2015 in the hope that it will be even better. We appreciate your continued support.
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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.
A close encounter Image: Max Silverman
Kites in flight Image: Derek Bilton
Here is Wing Tag 76, Chester, perched
Images courtesy of Derek Bilton
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.
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.
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.
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.
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