How to help

New members have new skills. If you would like to take an active role in volunteering work with Friends of Red Kites email us via our  "Contact us" page.

WT84 Causey Gill
  Image courtesy of Mick Render

Causey Gill is ideal habitat for the kites.

Kite over Causey Gill

Image courtesy of June Atkinson

Patience and a good pair of binoculars help in the task of tracking the movements of the kites.

Monitoring
As well as watching the kites and recording their location, people find them a wonderful subject for photography.  Here, courtesy of Mick Render, one of our Members, is an image of WT54.  Photographs can be a very useful tool in recording the life and behaviour of the kites.

Kite in flight

Courtesy of Mick Render, one of our FoRK members

Important advice for photographers

The Red Kite has a special status along with other birds of prey.     According to the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981,

Definition of a wild bird

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, a wild bird is defined as any bird of a species that is resident in or is a visitor to the European Territory of any member state in a wild state. 

Basic protection

 All birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law and it is thus an offence, with certain exceptions, to intentionally or recklessly disturb any wild bird listed on Schedule 1 while it is nest building, or at a nest containing eggs or young, or disturb the dependent young of such a bird.  

  Schedule 1 - Part I

Birds and their young, for which it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb at, on or near an 'active' nest. Schedule 1 status also infers a right of arrest by a police officer if someone is suspected of committing certain offences against one of these species.

 Fines

The maximum penalty that can be imposed for an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act - in respect of a single bird, nest or egg - is a fine of up to £5,000, and/or six months' imprisonment.

We offer this information now that the birds are becoming more active and establishing their territories within the region.  Care should be exercised when trying to photograph any  kites.  The law states that they must  not be disturbed, especially at a nest site.

The kite shows its strength and skill as it flies

Red kite in flight 


 

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