Photo: John Chalmers
Following the first two years of the release of red kites in 2004 and 2005 the spring of 2006 produced the first breeding attempts. Three pairs built nests and laid eggs, two of them went on to fledge 3 chicks between them. Sadly, one of the nests failed when strong winds blew the nest out of the tree during the incubation stage. The nest in the Derwent Valley fledged one chick, nicknamed Geordie, the first red kite to be born in the north east of England for nearly 200 years.