KIDS4KITES is a scheme that your school, class or group can join to help ensure there is a positive future for red kites. The scheme is free to join.
Between 2004 and 2006,the Northern Kites Project released 94 red kites in Gateshead’s lower Derwent Valley. The Project returned the birds to the region after an absence of over 170 years. The released kites began to breed in the wild in 2006 and breeding pairs are slowly increasing annually.
However, the main reason kite populations declined to near extinction in the UK, was due to persecution. Unfortunately, birds of prey are still persecuted today, including red kites. The KIDS4KITES scheme is one way children can help get involved to try to reduce persecution and help ensure a positive future for red kites.
If your school, class or group is interested in helping to make a difference for red kites, then click on the KIDS4KITES slideshow in the menu on the left, learn about red kites and make a pledge to help the kites. Send us your pledge telling us what you will do and we will send you a certificate and a password to access a range of red kite themed activities (classroom-based and craft-based).
For further information contact Melanie Hills or Julie Chrisp at the Project office on 0191 496 1555
The RSPB are running a Birds of Prey campaign to stop persecution of all birds of prey in the UK. Visit www.rspb.org.uk for more information.