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Red Kites flourishing in Yorkshire

Red Kites are back in skies over Yorkshire after a successful programme of protecting the once endangered birds. But 15 years since the reintroduction, conservationists are still worried about bird of prey persecution.

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Skies not yet clear for Red Kites

There are calls for tougher penalties for wildlife criminals after figures showed 30 red kites have been shot or poisoned in Yorkshire since the birds were re-introduced in the region 15 years ago.

Red kites were all but wiped from Britain's skies in Victorian times when the rapidly expanding population saw the birds, which are scavengers, as a threat to food supplies.

Now more than 100 years later, conservationists in our region are at the forefront of the campaign to ensure the birds of prey have a brighter future. Emma Wilkinson reports.

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