Monday, 25 October 2021

Are those red kites getting too fat?

DID you know that it’s exactly 25 years since red kites were re-introduced to the Chilterns?

It has turned out to be one of the most successful conservation projects ever carried out in the UK with the five young red kites that were released into the wild on August 1, 1989 doing so well that there are now an estimated 1,000 breeding pairs.

Of course, we are not supposed to feed the birds but that doesn’t stop some people.

Lesley Tate, a former Henley Standard reporter, tells me her mother was feeding red kites in her garden in Binfield Heath when one came a little too close for comfort.

“My mother has trained them with a daily diet of fresh chicken pieces,” she says. “They whistle until she appears and come down for the chicken while she is still in the garden.

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