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European breeding populations (27)
Red Kite breeds in the following countries (Bird News Extra subscribers will see population statistics and information on trends for each country, and a map of population densities):
Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Croatia Czech Republic Denmark France Germany Hungary Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Moldova Netherlands Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia and Montenegro Slovakia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine
RSPB Scotland has launched a 20-year report on the illegal killing of birds of prey, revealing that at least 779 raptors have been killed by wildlife criminals north of the border in that time. read on
In the northeast of England, Red Kites have not bred for over 170 years. Now they are back! A pair have successfully hatched at least two chicks in a nest less than two miles from the Gateshead Metrocentre and a Kite Watchpoint has been set up to allow the public to see these brilliant birds. read on
The ninth of our articles based on a RSPB booklet charting the recovery of some of the UK's rarest breeding birds. Here we look at Red Kite, a species whose re-introduction has produced spectacular results. read on
Plans to reintroduce Red Kites to North East England have received a huge boost with the announcement that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of more than £300,000 to the North East Red Kite Project. read on
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