Red Kites at Knebworth House
PUBLISHED: 16:19 05 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:52 28 February 2013
Red Kites have been spotted soaring, and diving in the air around the Hertfordshire estate. <br/><br/>The RSPB will hold a nature event at Knebworth near the barn, with a viewing trailer from Thursday 12 August for visitors to learn more about the rare bird
Red Kites have been spotted soaring, spiralling and diving in the air around the Hertfordshire estate.
The population within the county of the birds of prey seem to be on the rise even though they previously faced extinction.
The RSPB will hold a nature event at Knebworth near the barn, with a viewing trailer from Thursday 12 August for visitors to learn more about the bird.
Red kite numbers have been revived by one of the world's longest running protection programmes with successful reintroductions in both England and Scotland.
Graham Madge from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds says, 'The reintroduction of the Red Kite into the Chilterns is one of the best conservation projects in the world.
'The bird has gone from being totally extinct in England and Scotland to a point now where we have one of the highest densities of red kite in the world.
'The Chilterns have now become synonymous with Red Kites - it's just absolutely fantastic," he adds.
Due to the historical decline of red kites they have been declared as an Amber List species.
The RSPB event, A Date With Nature will take place at Knebworth House from 11am until 5pm from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 August 2010, for visitors to find out more about red kites and get close-up views of the birds soaring above.