Report a dead kite. Threats to Kites

Report a Dead or Injured Kite

Unfortunately, I no longer collect dead kites to send for tests, however I can explain how, if required, you can send it to the professionals for post mortem.

Health surveillance can provide useful information on factors endangering the survival of the reintroduced birds and can also detect new and emerging diseases, and provide an indicator of human activities which might harm these birds.

There are very strict guidelines, issued by the Post Office, and the Institute of Zoology, on how to prepare a package that contains a kite carcass. Please contact for further details. Please only contact me if you intend to send the carcass for post mortem

If you have been advised to dispose of it youself, always wear gloves (disposable are best), take a note of any wing tag or leg ring numbers, double wrap the bird in bin liners or other suitable plastic bags, and place the bag and disposal gloves in a covered bin/trash container where it will be out of reach of pets, curious children or scavengers. Always wash your hands thoroughly after disposal.

If you find a sick or injured kite - Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, telephone 01844 292292 (24 Hour Emergency Line) informing them you were advised by

If you find a dead red kite, and you suspect a crime has been committed by someone you think may be deliberately poisoning or harming wildlife, contact your local Wildlife Crime Officer as soon as possible, detailing the following:

a. Type of wildlife found dead (red kite, buzzard, etc)

b. Location where dead bird of prey was found - out in open field, near hedgerow, etc.

c. Any visible wing tags or leg rings, and their colours and/or numbers which a dead red kite may be wearing.

d. Any poison bait you may notice, perhaps in the form of a dead rabbit, rat, etc.

e. If you have the equipment (mobile phone camera, etc), take photos, being careful not to move any of the potential evidence. However, if possible, cover the dead bird and the bait - if found - so that other potential predators cannot get to it. Try not to touch anything with bare hands.

Additionally, if you do suspect deliberate poisoning, you can also call DEFRA’s Campaign Against Illegal Poisoning on 0800 321600.

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