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
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2014 BREEDING SURVEY
THE SECOND TRAINING SESSION FOR SURVEY TEAM VOLUNTEERS WAS HELD AT ROWLANDS GILL VIADUCT AND THORNLEY WOODLANDS VISITOR CENTRE on SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2014
ON RED KITE WINGS
Go to our 2014 Anniversary Celebrations page
for a pdf of this unique and exciting collaborative
venture involving Friends of Red Kites,
Sage Gateshead and the University of Newcastle
Students studying with Professor Agustín Fernández at Newcastle University's International Centre for Music presented their works played by a Royal Northern Sinfonia Ensemble, under the baton of Mark Edwards.
Go North East celebrated its Centenary last year.
Go to News & Features to follow the support given
to Friends of Red Kites by this company
and view the opening, by the Mayor of Gateshead,
Cllr Jack Graham MBE, of this splendid new facility.
We have great pleasure in welcoming our latest Corporate Member
Ken Sanderson, Chairman of Friends of Red Kites, welcomes Mike Smith
of Prism Financial Advice Ltd as a Platinum Corporate Member
More on this Presentation on our Corporate Members' page.
Red Kite Breeding Survey 2014
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. It is not too late to join us. Contact us on our Webmail address. A further Training Day will be held on Saturday 22 February 2014.
All the details are to be found on the 2014 Red Kite Breeding Survey page. We value your help!
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.
An up-dated, detailed and extended Guide for the Red Kite Trail is now available.
Click on the above image