The recovery of the red kite is a great conservation success story and it’s good to see it celebrated in the regional press like here.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to see red kites, and spend at least a minute revelling in their beauty, on at least 200 days this year. They are now such a common sight over my garden that it feels like the occasional glance out of the window will almost be all that is required.
This bird was absent from the Northamptonshire skies for well over a century until reintroduction projects restored them here.
Occasionally red kites are still killed in Northamptonshire which is illegal and a great shame. A crying shame.
I’m going to enjoy red kites this year and not take them for granted. Just because they are now fairly common I shouldn’t ignore them – I should delight in their grace and so that’s what I shall do. And I have, so far, seen red kites on three out of four days this year.
One way that you could help them is to support this epetition on the subject of vicarious liability – it would make employers partly responsible if their employees (for example, their gamekeepers) were killing red kites illegally. Such a liability exists for other sorts of offences and does already exist for illegal raptor persecution in Scotland. It would be good to have it in England too.