Posted under birds (general)
According to BBC News, “There are now 122 breeding pairs in Scotland and 1,200 pairs across the UK. Red kites were once common all over the British Isles, before widespread killings in Victorian times led to just a few pairs surviving in mid-Wales.”
I was pretty pleased to read about that! But then I made the mistake of reading the rest of the story: “Red kites are almost entirely confined to Europe, and the species is faring badly in many other countries, with population declines recorded in the main breeding areas of Germany, France and Spain. The species is now classified as “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), due to its population declines in Europe.”
So, OK, it’s good news in Scotland, bad news everywhere else. Allow me to focus on the good news for once, it’s depressing to just look at the losses everywhere. Hooray for the Scottish kites!