Grizedale's Red kites thriving - Have you seen any?14/02/2013 13:35:47 More than 200 sightings of Grizedale Forest's red kites recorded but public's help more important than ever
February 2013. Red kites released in the Forestry Commission's Grizedale Forest appear to be thriving following more than 200 sightings of the birds in England and Scotland - however help from the public is becoming more crucial than ever.
Wildlife officers from the Forestry Commission released 90 red kites as part of a three-year reintroduction programme to return the species to North West England - with the final release of 30 birds taking place last summer.
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The help of the public is therefore vital to determine how successfully their reintroduction to the region has been. People can help by reporting visual sightings to the Forestry Commission at Grizedale Forest.
Iain Yoxall, wildlife ranger at Grizedale Forest, who organised the reintroduction programme, said: "The birds have been doing as well as can be expected given the very wet summer we had. We know of a couple of birds who did succumb due to the adverse conditions; however the number of sightings we have had of other birds has been encouraging. People have reported seeing the birds in numerous locations in Northern England and South Scotland. We have seen birds from different release years together in the Kirkby Moor and Broughton area. We are still doing radio monitoring but we are becoming more reliant on visual sightings so we really do require the help of the public to keep reporting sightings of the birds."
Tom Dearnley, Forestry Commission ecologist, said: "The more information we are able to get from the public, about the birds the better our understanding of the success of the programme. As the birds become established they will help to inform us about the importance of Forestry Commission woodlands for wildlife. We would encourage anyone who sees one of these magnificent red kites to get in touch and let us know how they are getting on."
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