Red kites are a magnificent sight as they hover over the Yorkshire countryside. With a wingspan of 1.5 metres they are one of the UK’s largest birds who were nearly persecuted to extinction in the 19th century.
We are so lucky in Yorkshire that conservationists started an active breeding programme with 100 breeding pairs re-introduced into Yorkshire. To see a red kite soaring is a memorable site with their large triangular fanned tail.
Red kites were first re-introduced at Harewood House in 1999 in a project part funded by Yorkshire Water involving Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The Harewood estate is a perfect home for the kites with a range of woodland and agricultural land.
This is where we will head for the day. Harewood is a beautiful setting for red kite spotting and we stand a very good chance of spotting these magnificent birds on a walk around the Harewood Estate.
There is so much to do at Harewood including a tour around the gardens and house as well as the many cafes. But even during winter when the House is closed to visitors we can walk around the outskirts of the estate watching.
We will be able to tie this tour in with trips to Leeds, Ilkley or Harrogate and there are plenty of hostelries on the estate or close by for refreshments.