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.

Friday 18 October 2013

Scotland's red kites thriving again after 10 years of effort

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,
Both Argaty Red Kites near Doune, and the Galloway Kite Trail, near Castle Douglas, were opened in 2003, close to the sites of kite re-introductions that took place in the preceding years. Red kites are sociable birds, and naturally congregate together, particularly in the winter months, flocking noisily to available food sources, and forming large communal roosts at night.

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.

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