Yorkshire Red Kites2



Late spring/early summer is possibly the quietest time for seeing red kites as they are busy raising any young. Once both the adults and young are ‘fed up’ there is generally very little activity of birds out on the wing.


We've created a sightings map from the data that you've sent to us this year.

Click this link or the map to be taken there.




There are two important rules to be followed when photographing Red Kites:

Firstly, it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb them during their breeding season. This topic is covered in more detail under the heading 'Red Kites and the Law'.

Secondly, the permission of the landowner should be obtained before a photographer leaves a public right of way and enters private land. This includes trespassing onto private land to place baits to attract kites into close range for photographic purposes.

The guidance in 'Bird Photography - a new code of practice' published by British Birds covers both of these topics. It can be found at:




Topical Links

RSPB Birdcrime 2017 - Report: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/wildlife-and-the-law/wild-bird-crime/the-birdcrime-report/


Red Kite Websites

Kites in Lincolnshire: http://www.lincsbirdclub.co.uk/

Please report any Lincolnshire red kite sightings to the county recorder: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kites in the Chilterns: www.redkites.netlinks

Kites in the North East: www.friendsofredkites.org.uk

Kites in Wales: www.gigrin.co.uk

On Red Kite Wings: http://www.enlightenedmedia.net/#!community-videos/c21q8


Other useful wildlife and contributors sites:

Birding with Flowers A blog describing visits and pictures from wildlife sessions held in East Yorkshire, England, UK.

Lincolnshire Bird Club

North Cave Wetlands

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Start Birding!

The Birdwatcher's Code

Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union


 If you have a website that would link sensibly to Yorkshire Red Kites please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Thank you for your sighting, which assists us in monitoring the population of Red Kites in Yorkshire.

If you wish to submit a sighting, please complete the form on the 'Contact Us' page.

Homepage quotes

"When the kyte builds, look to lesser linen"
From Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

"Ah, could I see a spinney nigh,
A paddock riding in the sky,
Above the oaks, in easy sail,
On stilly wings and forked tail."
Paddock is an old English name for the Red Kite
By John Clare (c1820)

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Seen a Red Kite?

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If there's a Red Kite new to your area of Yorkshire then CLICK HERE and please let us know.

All reports of Red Kite sightings received from the general public are welcome. They help us keep track of the expanding population, and a number of new breeding pairs having been located through such records.

Got a good photo?

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If you've got a good/unusual photograph that you've taken of a Red Kite and would like to have it considered for display in our Gallery then please CLICK HERE and upload it to us,

Frequently Asked

How can I tell the difference between an adult and a juvenile Red Kite?

How many eggs/young do Red Kites have?

Where can I see Red Kites in Yorkshire?

For the answers to these and many more questions CLICK HERE

Got a good video?

We're on the hunt for some videos for the YRK website that show our local birds in action.

If you would like your video to be considered please email webmaster@yorkshireredkites.net with your details.