Red kite babies are heading to Spain as the UK withdraws in favor of the reintroduction scheme.


Plans to bring red kites back to the British skies are now sending chickens to help conservation efforts in Spain, which provided the birds with a highly successful reintroduction scheme.

Conservationists say the reintroduction of the red kite is Britain’s most successful bird conservation project to date, and it has done so well in its 33 years that English chickens are now helping birds in Spain. Donations can be made for ongoing efforts.

Red kites, a large bird of prey that eats large numbers of carcasses and insects, and bites a distinctive salivator with the tips of its wings that look like plucked fingers and prickly tails, common in medieval London There were ashes.

Shakespeare wrote about the “city of kites and crows” in his play Coriolanus, while his reputation for stealing laundry to dry his nests is mentioned in The Winter Tale.

But persecution and egg-laying reduced the birds’ fortunes and by the 20th century they became extinct in both England and Scotland.

Red kite flying in the icy landscape (Ben Andrew / RSPB / PA)

While Wales has a small population, it was not large or healthy enough to repopulate the rest of Britain, even once the races were preserved.

The birds used to reintroduce red kites in both England and Scotland were brought primarily from Spain for the English scheme and from Sweden for the Scottish release.

The once-extinct bird is now spreading to rural areas, gardens and towns across the UK, and the population is estimated at 6,000 breeding pairs, of which 4,500-5,000 are in England.

Conservationists say the plan has been so successful that red kite chicks could be sent back to Spain from England to help the country’s breeding efforts.

Wildlife experts say Spain’s breeding population has declined significantly, mainly due to the inheritance of illegal poisons, which Spanish authorities have taken major steps to address in recent years.

Although the population of many birds of prey and vultures has been restored, the population of red kites has remained low.

Collaboration between Spanish and British conservation organizations – and projects to reintroduce red kites involving some from the original England and Scotland – 30 wild reds a year for three years from a large healthy population in the East Midlands Ready to deliver kite chicks.

I hope that the red kite chickens bound for Spain will flourish in the same way as the chickens that came to this country a generation ago.

The scheme is being run by Accion por el Mundo Salvaje in Spain, and RSPB, Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, Forestry England and other landowners in the UK, with the project being licensed by the government agency Natural England and the Zoological Society of London. Has veterinary support.

All of the chickens that went to Spain this year have been collected by Forest England from public forest nests, as well as from Button State, Northamptonshire.

Duncan Orr-Ewing of the RSPB, who organized the first red kite reintroduction program in Scotland and is now advising on the latest project, said: “The red kite population is limited to Europe.

“It has a relatively small global population compared to other local birds of prey.

“The population of this species has greatly improved since the concert conservation action in the UK in recent decades.

“It is amazing that we are now able to support the red kite conservation process in Spain and repay their previous generosity in providing donor stock for their original reintroduction project in England.”

Tony Juniper, chairman of Natural England, said: “The reintroduction of red kites in England is one of the most successful rapper conservation stories in Europe.

“This is a clear blueprint for the future of species reintroduction, especially for some of our endangered birds.

“I hope that the red kite chicks bound for Spain will grow up in the same way that they came to this country a generation ago, as we help those in Southern Europe who are helping to rebuild the population and the potential of this magnificent bird.” Do. “