2015 Breeding Season

The 2015 breeding season confirmed the continued expansion of the population with new pairs being recorded in a number of areas. Circumstances outside the control of Yorkshire Red Kites prevented the monitoring of breeding pairs in one area. The overall figures for the season, as shown in the table below, include an estimate of the figures from that area based on the number of pairs recorded there previously and the breeding performance of those pairs which were actually monitored elsewhere this year.

This estimate leaves us just one successful pair short of the landmark 100 figure. However, there were undoubtedly other pairs which were not traced and we can safely assume that we now have well into three figures of successful breeding pairs in the county.






West Yorkshire

65   (63)

61  (61)

54  (53)

102  (93)

North Yorkshire

44   (40)

40  (37)

36  (31)

68  (63)

East Yorkshire

14      (9)

11     (8)

9   (7)

16  (15)


123 (112)

112 (106)

99 (91)

186 (171)

Average young raised per successful   pair = 1.88 (1.86). Figures for 2014 shown in brackets.








Les McLean Harewood

"Harewood Pair" by Les McLean