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RSPB puts up £1,000 reward to tackle birds of prey shootingsGo to News & Features for full story
Red Kite Pre-breeding survey Saturday 23rd March 2013
The survey went ahead but, as this photograph taken near Muggleswick shows, conditions were not good. Monitors were out at various points in the region. Reports of kites are coming in.
Image courtesy of Harold Dobson
Is Swift seeking a new mate? Image courtesy of George Francis
STOP PRESS Wing tag E4, Mile Star, has flown 279 miles to Muir of Ord, north-west of Inverness.
Go to News & Features to read all about this adventurous kite, now with the Scottish kites!
Our Preview Event was held on 11th March, at Gateshead Civic Centre. Leader of Gateshead Council, Councillor Mick Henry declared our Flight of the Red Kite Exhibition officially open. It will run at the Civic Centre until 1st May 2013. It will run concurrently at Blackhall Mill and Whickham Library then go on tour throughout the region for the rest of this year.
Volunteer Allan Withrington assists Councillor Mick Henry in unveiling the Angel of the North.
Image courtesy of Ken Sanderson
Anna Pepperall, Gateshead Council's Public Art Curator, pictured with Peter and Jean Smith from Low Fell, at the Gateshead Civic Centre Flight of the Red Kite Photographic Exhibition.
Coverage on our Events page.....A PDF of the Launch of our "Flight of the Red Kite Exhibition".
Photographic Exhibition coverage can be found on the Flight of the Kite page.
THE FLIGHT OF THE KITE
Where our mosaic kite landed
See Flight of the Kite page for information about it and the programme of exhibitions throughout the region.
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.
Our Tynedale Campaign
On 12th March, 2011, Go North-East again kindly gave us a Red Kite Bus for the day and we launched our Tynedale Campaign in Wentworth Car Park, Hexham. Our Campaign Think Kite - Act Right was launched by the Mayor of Hexham, Terry Jones.
An up-dated, detailed and extended Guide for the Red Kite Trail is now available.
Click on the above image