If you see evidence of breeding Red Kites we would like to know, please.
Kites usually don't breed until they are three years old. Young birds wander widely, so most sightings will be of immature birds. However, there should be even more nests to find this year, including some in north and east Shropshire. Most nests are started in late March, but first-time breeders may not lay until late April or early May. Nests are usually built in large trees, on steep hillsides. Young fly in late June or early July. Nest sites are kept confidential.
Reports are wanted of a pair together in Spring, or one seen several times in the same place, or one going into a wood, in the south-west Shropshire Hills; and of a single bird seen anywhere north or east of Church Stretton, any time between March and June, please. All reports will be treated in absolute confidence. Kites are very shy, and they are legally protected. It is an offence to disturb them, but Leo Smith has the necessary monitoring license.
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Telephone: 01694 720296
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Telephone: 01588 660380