New Press Release. See our  Media Coverage Page for a press release by FoRK on recent deaths of our local Kites.


Go to the "Wing tagging and ringing" page for preliminary details of the 2015 breeding season 



     Details of how to purchase our 2016 Calendar are now on the News and Features page 


  If you encounter a kite incident, alive or dead, please call 077 900 85659 and let FoRK know as soon as possible.     We will respond immediately.




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 The Red Kite

  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.

Kite  Carolyn Farthing-Dunn

Image   Carolyn Farthing - Dunn 

A close encounter

Image: Derek Bilton 

Kites in flight 

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 

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, 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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