When I used to live and work in Northamptonshire there were no red kites in the skies above the county. Now thanks to the highly successful re-introduction project I am told there are over 100 pairs. Here are a few shots of a red kite I saw yesterday near Denton.
On the way back from the East of England yesterday we stopped briefly at Uffington White Horse Hill in Oxfordshire – the highest point in the county which hosts the 3000 year old Bronze Age stylised white horse carved into the chalk.
It was glorious weather and a number of red kites were flying, gliding and soaring around the site
Twenty years ago there would have been no red kites here – one of our conservation success stories
I never tire of watching red kites – one day soon they will recolonise Devon …..
The Uffington White Horse – carved into the species rich chalk grassland 3000 years ago – a time when Wessex was part of the Celtic nation …..
It is hard to see the horse in all its glory from the ground – here is a view from the air – courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
By USGS – World Wind (go), Public Domain,
Nearby is Dragon Hill – the place where St George slew the dragon!
A magical place for its wildlife, its archaeology, legends and views – from the hill top you can look at six English counties – well worth a visit if you are passing – the site is owned and managed by the National Trust.