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.
We've had 27,854 visitors so far
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 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.
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.
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