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 10th Anniversary celebrations page
Sunday 8th December 2013 22613 viewers have visited our website
Our Flight of the Red Kite Exhibition
will be displayed at a Medical Ultrasound Conference
at The Sage, Gateshead from the 9th until the 11th of December.
Delegates will attend from both the UK and overseas.
Go to our Events page for details of an open lecture.
Our second Exhibition set has moved to
Hexham General Hospital
and will run from
2nd November until 31st December .
Go to Flight of the Kite page for more information.
Our Flight of the Red Kite Photographic Exhibition is now in place as part of the Medical Conference to be held from 9 - 11 December at The Sage Gateshead. Keith Gunning, left, of the Conference Team met Harold Dobson to assist in mounting the Exhibition in a prominent position alongside Hall One.
For more information, please go to our Events page.
New road signs for Rowlands Gill
West sign with Craig Knowles Image_June Atkinson The new road signs have been installed at each end of Rowlands Gill. An official acceptance of the signage was carried out on Wednesday, 6th November in the presence of Gateshead officials, local Councillors and Committee members of Friends of Red Kites who were privileged to participate in the process. East sign Image courtesy of Harold Dobson More information will be published in due course on News & Features
West sign with Craig Knowles Image_June Atkinson
The new road signs have been installed at each end of Rowlands Gill. An official acceptance of the signage was carried out on Wednesday, 6th November in the presence of Gateshead officials, local Councillors and Committee members of Friends of Red Kites who were privileged to participate in the process.
East sign Image courtesy of Harold Dobson
More information will be published in due course
on News & Features
Friends of Red Kites Committee members with Craig Knowles, Artist Blacksmith, who created the red kite sculpture which is incorporated in the road signage for Rowlands Gill. Here below, from left:
Jackey Lockwood, David Jones, Marian Williams, June Atkinson, Allan Withrington, Judy Summerson,
Harold Dobson, Glenn Dawson, Sylvia Jones and Craig Knowles.
Photograph courtesy of Gilbert Johnston
Photographic Exhibition - information can be found on the Flight of the Kite page.
Coverage on our Events page.....A PDF of the Launch of our "Flight of the Red Kite Exhibition".
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.
An up-dated, detailed and extended Guide for the Red Kite Trail is now available.
Click on the above image