As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Galloway Kite Trail spending 'worth £33m'

The Galloway Red Kite Trail is reckoned to be worth a large amount to the local economy
A new report has claimed a nature trail in southern Scotland has generated millions of pounds for the economy.

It has estimated visitors to the Galloway Kite Trail have spent a "minimum of £33m" in the region since its launch in 2003.

The project is also credited with supporting the equivalent of nearly 15 full-time jobs a year.
The figures were collated during a placement for The Conservation Volunteers with RSPB Scotland.

The trail, which is a self-guided tour circling Loch Ken near Castle Douglas, promotes a set of destinations for visitors, including red kite viewing sites, activities and local businesses.

It was set up following the successful re-introduction of red kites to Galloway after an absence of 130 years.

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