Friday, 20 July 2007

Red Kites released in Ireland

For the first time in 200 years, Red Kites are flying over Co Wicklow in Ireland as a project to reintroduce them to their former range begins.

The Wicklow Red Kite Project is using young kites from the successful Welsh breeding population and 30 of them have been released at a secret location in the Wicklow hills. A total of 120 kites will be set free over the next five years.

Damian Clarke, project manager, said "In future years these beautiful birds will become another tourist attraction in the Garden of Ireland, as they have done in Wales."

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