Friday, 14 July 2017
On Tuesday, I went to Aberystwyth University for a taster day. On the taster day we visited Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre where there is a Red Kite feeding station. We headed over in the pouring rain at around 2pm to the beautiful site until eventually at around 3pm (when the food is put out) about a dozen Red Kites appeared, dramatically flying overhead at. We were surprised so many red kites turned up because of the terrible weather, so I was very happy to see so many of these gorgeous birds of prey! And with awesome views through my Opticron binoculars too! I don't think I could go anywhere without them. Red Kites have previously suffered a lot of persecution, much like the Hen Harrier today. The species was reduced to very small numbers but due to reintroduction, the Red Kite population increased to around 1800 in Britain. This is what makes seeing the Red Kites in such high numbers so special. One day I hope I can say the same about the Hen Harrier.