New book published on the reintroduction of red kites for UN World Wildlife Day (3rd March)
A new book is being published that describes the story of the successful reintroduction of red kites to the UK in 1990s. The book details how the Chilterns was selected as the initial location for the establishment of young chicks brought in from Sweden and Spain. The book’s author, Dr Mike Pienkowski, was the Chairman of the Red Kite Project Team from the 1980s to 1995.
The book, When the Kite Builds: Why and how we restored red kites across Britain:
- Describes why the decision was taken to reintroduce the kites and how international help was needed to find a healthy source of red kite chicks, with the first imported kites coming from Sweden and Spain.
- Examines the success of the experiment.
- Explores the challenges of collecting and transporting the red kite chicks, and how help was enlisted from the RAF and British Airways.
- Describes how Wormsley in the Chilterns was selected as a safe place for rearing the young kites in quarantine conditions, with minimal human contact.
- Explores the outcome for red kites and other species, the fight against illegal persecution and poisoning, and the changes in public attitudes.
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A new book is being published that describes the story of the successful reintroduction of red kites to the UK...