Let’s Go Fly A Kite
How about this for a successful wildlife reintroduction programme? Up until 2001 the red kite had not been seen in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland for 130 years. Fast forward to 2015 and RSPB Scotland has confirmed there are now 91 nesting pairs in the region and at least 112 chicks have hatched this year alone. That works out at an 85% success rate for the breeding pairs, surely deserving of an A grade. So far so good. The next part of the programme is for the birds of prey to spread to other parts of Scotland, and here too progress is being made. As part of the project a feeding station for the kites was established and this serves as a reference point to see how far the birds of prey are extending their reach. Galloway Kite Trail Community Liaison Officer Calum Murray said “There is clear evidence that our population is slowly spreading as was intended, with some pairs now nesting up to 25 miles from the feeding station”. Good to see they are spreading their wings.