2008 - The Chilterns Breeding Season

Although 2007 was the worst breeding year on record for the kites, fortunately 2008 did see an improvement.

There was an average of 1.7 chicks per nest per successful pair. The estimated Chilterns kite population now stands at between 400 and 500 breeding pairs.

Red kites are also nesting close to human habitation, with one nest being recorded next to the busy A40 road! More people are also reporting nests in their gardens.

Twenty chicks were collected for release in Aberdeen, as part of the ongoing three year reintroduction project taking place. The project has one more year remaining.