Red Kite Trail anniversary

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. They are now an integral part of the region's economy.

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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

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