Scotland's red kites thriving again after 10 years of effort17/10/2013 17:35:47 Red-letter day for red kite projects as they celebrate tenth anniversaries
October 2013. Two of Scotland's most successful wildlife viewing projects are set to celebrate their tenth anniversaries this October.
Argaty Red Kites and the Galloway Kite Trail,
The viewing projects give the public an opportunity to watch the birds up close in their natural environment, and since launching, both have attracted thousands of visitors, and provided an unforgettable experience for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages.
Scotland's red kites
77 pairs in 2013
Mike McDonnell, from Argaty Red Kites, said: "Projects like these are really important for both protecting the kites, as they manage how people are interacting with them, but also for education. Kites have the ability to captivate people of all ages, especially when these stunning birds swoop down in front of them. It's been such a success, and we've had more than 100 chicks fledged this year as well, so despite continuing pressures, the kites are thriving."
Both viewing projects have proved to be popular tourist attractions, and have become real assets to their local communities. Argaty has welcomed over 50,000 visitors through its doors in the last ten years, while a study of the Galloway Kite Trail found that it helped to attract more than £4 million to the local economy, and sustains the equivalent of about 20 full time jobs every year.