Thursday, September 13, 2007

Flying the nest – Derwent Valley kite update

Good news from the Derwent Valley where the project to re-introduce the red kite has resulted in 9 offspring being raised in the valley this year. One pair even nested close to the Tesco store in Rowlands Gill.

The Northern Kites project is run by the RSPB and Natural England in partnership with Gateshead Council, Northumbrian Water, the National Trust and the Forestry Commission.

During the summer, 9500 people visited the Derwent Walk Countyr Park to view the nesting birds.

Red kites have been absent from the region for about two centuries.

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