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TWO MORE YORKSHIRE KITES SHOT

 

On 21st April a new Red Kite nest was discovered in woodland near Eccup in West Yorkshire. Hanging from the next tree was the carcass of a Red Kite. Veterinary examination and X-ray of the bird showed injuries which were consistent with it having been shot whilst sitting on its nest.

ECCUP KITE

 

On 23rd April, just two days later, a kite with a broken wing was found near Nidd in North Yorkshire. It was still alive. It was taken to a local vet who found that the wing was so badly damaged that it would not recover. It was put to sleep. Again, veterinary examination and X-ray showed that shooting was the cause of the bird’s injuries.

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Anyone with information about either of these incidents should report it to the Police by dialing 101 and asking to speak to a Wildlife Crime Officer or by using the ‘Contact us’ facility on this website.

 

 

Red Kite illegally shot.

This adult female red kite was found shot near Low Marishes, North Yorkshire on Good Friday.

It sustained injuries from shotgun pellets that fortunately missed vital organs and is being cared for by Jean Thorpe at Ryedale Wildlife Rehabilitation.

The signs are that the bird will recover and be able to be released back in to the wild.

If anyone has any information about this persecution of a protected bird then please contact Jean on 01653 695124 or the Police on 101 and ask for PC Jez Walmsley, Malton Wildlife Crime Officer.

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YRK Newsletter (17)

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Newsletter – Issue (17)

The 2015 breeding season was the sixteenth since the reintroduction of Red Kites to Yorkshire began in 1999. Several pairs were located at new locations, though we were unable to undertake a full survey of all known nesting sites. The table below includes estimated figures for the locations which it was not possible to check. The overall figures are very encouraging and, allowing for other pairs which have undoubtedly gone undetected, it is highly likely that we now have more than 100 successful breeding pairs in the county.

AREA

TERR. PAIRS

PAIRS BRED

PAIRS SUCC.

YOUNG

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)

Totals

        123 (112)

        112 (106)

99 (91)

186 (171)

Average young raised per successful pair = 1.88 (1.86).

Two occupied nests are known to have been destroyed in storms, resulting in the death of the young. Two other nests failed, the likely causes being disturbance caused by woodland management activity close to the nest and inquisitive trespassers, respectively. On a lighter note, the kite’s habit of collecting soft toys to decorate their nests was witnessed at one North Yorkshire nest, below which a toy rabbit and cat were found.

The illegal use of poisoned baits in the open countryside continues. The deaths of a Red Kite and a Common Buzzard caused by carbofuran in different areas of North Yorkshire in 2015 suggest that this banned insecticide is still being widely abused. Appendix 2 of the RSPB’s report, Birdcrime 2014, (http://www.rspb.org.uk/Images/birdcrime_2014_tcm9-410409.pdf) shows that the number (36) of reported incidents involving birds of prey in North Yorkshire far exceeded that in any other area. Details of recommended action if a wildlife offence is suspected can be found on our website  at www.yorkshireredkites.net – where there’s also lots of other information about kites. Suspected poisoning incidents involving either wildlife or domestic animals are investigated by the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) and you may wish to add their Freephone number, 0800 321600, to the contacts list on your mobile phone – just in case!

Sightings of kites seen to be regularly frequenting new areas are particularly welcome. This helps us to confirm new breeding pairs and monitor the progress of the expanding population. They can be reported through the website or to one of the following contacts:

Doug Simpson MBE. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Nigel Puckrin (East Yorkshire). Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Simon Bassindale (North York Moors). Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks again to the many landowners and their representatives, gamekeepers, farmers, veterinary practices and members of the public who have assisted in any way in 2015. The ongoing financial support from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for Red Kite monitoring work is very much appreciated.

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.

AREA

TERR. PAIRS

PAIRS BRED

PAIRS SUCC.

YOUNG

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)

Totals

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

Nature conservationist receives prestigious award

We are delighted to see that a much valued associate of Yorkshire Red Kites, Stephen Martin has been recognised for his sterling efforts in making North Cave Wetlands a top venue for birders in East Yorkshire.

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Stephen told us:   "I was thrilled to hear that we were selected for the award, but wanted to ensure it recognised the partnership consisting of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, local volunteers, Humberside Aggregates and more recently Middlemarch Environmental and their staff; the partnership that has so successfully created North Cave Wetlands. I was delighted that the efforts of us all have been recognised by this honour."