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Red kite was extinct in Scotland in 1979

"Over the years we've certainly seen more and more interest by people in the area, by funding bodies to help us as well, and it's really worked well together, and that in turn has actually helped the red kites themselves, by having local support from people living and working in the local landscape we actually get a great deal of support from them as well."

"The Kite became extinct in Scotland back in 1979, and slightly earlier than that in England.

"We lost them from our countryside and it took a great number of years before they returned again, and it was the reintroduction programme, which took place here in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK, that helped these birds re-establish."

– Calum Murray, Galloway Kite Trail

Red Kite trail celebrates 10th anniversary

A bird watcher searching for a red kite Credit: ITV News Border

The Red Kite trail in Galloway is celebrating a decade in the business.

After being wiped out in Scotland back in the 1970s, the birds of prey were reintroduced in the area in 2001.

Two years later the birds bred and the trail was open to the public.

The trail was initially set up to help tourism in Dumfries and Galloway following the devastation of foot and mouth disease,.

It is now an integral part of the region's economy.

Red kites Credit: ITV News Border


Red Kites released

Red Kites Credit: ITV Border

A landmark Forestry Commission conservation project has entered a new chapter as 30 more red kites are released into Grizedale Forest.

Red kites were successfully reintroduced to the heart of the Lake District in the summer of 2010 and again in 2011.

Now a new wave of hatchlings from the Forestry Commission's breeding site in Rockingham Forest, Northamptonshire are ready for release into Cumbria's skies.The latest group of juvenile raptors are spending a month gaining strength in a custom made pen at a secret location in Grizedale Forest.

The Forestry Commission North West England has been granted a special licence to release 90 red kites in Grizedale Forest over a three year period. The latest arrivals mark the third and final phase of the landmark final reintroduction of the birds in England.

Red kites were almost eradicated from the UK following changes in farming practices and human persecution between the 16th and 19th centuries. Numbers then recovered slowly and the UK population is expanding and there are now thought to be over 1,000 pairs of the birds in the country.