RED KITE

Bird Watching (UK) - - 30 Years Of Birdwatching -

When Bird Watch­ing was launched in 1986, the RSPB was in talks to be­gin a rein­tro­duc­tion scheme. At that time, the tiny UK pop­u­la­tion was re­stricted to a few val­leys in mid-wales, and ex­tinc­tion in this coun­try was still a very real pos­si­bil­ity. Three years later, the first kites were re­leased in Buck­ing­hamshire and north­ern Scot­land, and re­leases con­tin­ued un­til 1994. The re­sult? There are now more than 1,600 breed­ing pairs in the UK.

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