The Bridgend ‘Species of the Day’ today is the Red Kite

Red Kite, originally uploaded by Dave Hamster.

Our ‘species of the day’ series is a month long feature throughout June 2011 that celebrates biodiversity in the County Borough of Bridgend, South Wales. It’s part of Wales Biodiversity Week that promotes biodiversity and its benefits throughout Wales.

Today’s local species of the day in Bridgend is the Red Kite

The red kite is a welcome sight over the skies of Bridgend with its distinctive forked tail, striking chestnut red colour with white patches under the wings and a pale grey head. This bird is a particular Welsh success story. Primarily through persecution, the red kite became absent from England, Scotland and most of Wales in the last century and estimates indicate that the species was limited to one pair at one point. However, through foresight of land owners in mid Wales a species recovery programme was implemented with the kite recovering to current numbers of between 1800 to 2000 breeding pairs of red kite.

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