Why not have a stroll around the beautiful Londesborough village on Sunday 14th and Sunday 21st February where the owner gives access to parts of the estate not normally open to the public to see the masses of Snowdrops in the grounds. Refreshments are available in the village Reading Room with static exhibitions, including Yorkshire Red Kites in the church.
All proceeds go to church funds. Keep your eyes to the skies and you may see red kites soaring above the village.
Although the 2016 breeding season beckons, Red Kites are still gathering at their winter roost sites. Their highly gregarious nature means that unusually high numbers can be seen at favoured places. Some of these locations are occupied consistently throughout the winter period whilst others are less so, making it difficult to determine the overall numbers involved. It is thought likely that many of them will be younger, non-breeders, it being probable that most established pairs remain on their breeding territory.
The second weekend in January marked the European Red Kite Winter Roost Census. It was unfortunate that our counts were lower than they might have been had we been blessed with more favourable weather. The numbers of birds recorded were:
East Yorkshire – 47
North Yorkshire – 45
West Yorkshire – 57
A total of 149 birds. Given favourable conditions – bright afternoons with a bit of wind – we would have expected to have achieved a figure well in excess of 200 birds.
We would be pleased to hear of any regular winter gatherings of Red Kites which you might be aware of. Such information would not be publicised and would more than likely assist us in our future roost monitoring. They can be reported through the 'Contact us' section of the website.
If you are fortunate enough to know of any Red Kite activity, please use our ‘Contact Us’ page to let us know. It is possible that we may not already be aware of it. We are particularly interested to hear if you have not seen kites in that area previously. Such information assists us in our monitoring work and would be treated confidentially.