The re-introduction of Red Kites to the area over the last few years has brought back a once widespread species = they are now even to be seen over the urban fringes!
Our enquirer writes:
I’m trying to do a bit of research into the history of red kites in the local area for an ornithology book I’m writing and wondered if any of your group might know of any historical records of the birds in the area.
I’m keen to find any primary sources from the pre 1880 period (when the last pairs were killed off). In particular I’m looking for old estate records which might have accounts of people killing them, but also anything about people’s experiences with the birds. I have some info already but any extras would be hugely appreciated!
So, if anyone knows of any sources, you can contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass on the information.