Two young Red Kites from central Spain in their release pen in central England in the mid-1990s.
© Ian Carter
The Red Kite is a beautiful and elegant raptor for which Europe has a very high responsibility as almost all of the world population breeds in Europe.
The story of the Red Kite in Europe in Europe is a mixed one. While habitat destruction and especially illegal poisoning is threatening populations in some countries like Spain, the British population has made a spectacular comeback thanks to conservation efforts for the small population that survived in Wales and also thanks to successful reintroduction programmes in Scotland and England.
Despite ongoing persecution, especially in some parts of Scotland, the story of the Red Kite in the UK in recent decades is a very positive and encouraging one.
In this new interview, Red Kite expert Ian Carter talks about the current situation of this beautiful raptor in the UK, about the conservation efforts and the threats the species is facing.
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Interview with Ian Carter about the Red Kite in the UK