The North England Raptor Forum is delighted to announce that the Friends of Red Kites in the North East of England (FoRK) have joined as members of the Forum.
FoRK are a well-established, membership-based, community organisation which was formed by volunteers in 2009 to encourage an active interest in the conservation of the Red Kite population in Gateshead’s Lower Derwent Valley and to continue to monitor their health & welfare.
It is the successor to the funded Northern Kites Project which was responsible for the re-introduction of 94 young red kites in the core area between 2004 and 2009. [In 2006 red kites began to breed in the region for the first time after an absence of over 170 years.
In addition to FoRK’s considerable experience in monitoring and protecting Red Kites, the group channel their efforts into public engagement and education initiatives which raises awareness of the threats still apparent to Red Kites. The species’ efforts to expand further into Northumberland, Durham and, indeed, Cumbria are also monitored by FoRK.
See www.friendsofredkites.org.uk for further details.
Coincident with this announcement we are also pleased to welcome the Yorkshire Kites Group which now formally joins NERF in an ‘Advisor’ capacity. See www.yorkshirekites.net for further details.
NERF has enjoyed cooperation with both groups over many years but these changes represent an important advance. Many of the issues faced with Red Kite conservation are shared by other raptors across our region and we look forward to seeing the benefits of exchanging information and expertise through our closer association with these two respected organisations.
1st July ‘19