Birdworld in Holt Pound, just outside Farnham, has provided a radio transmitter to help keep track of a rare young Red Kite chick, to monitor its movement across the area.
Once the Red Kite was seen as a common scavenger. It was even given special protection in London due to its ability to cleanse the filthy streets. But over time its food supplies got scarcer and people tried to eradicate it by poison or shooting.
By the beginning of the 20th century the Red kite was extinct throughout England and Scotland. By the mid-1980ís a small group were surviving in this country and together with some from Spain and Sweden, bred, ensuring the population grew once more.
Ten years later the first Red Kites started appearing in this area. The success and spread of these birds has been monitored by a dedicated group of ornithologists. A single pair raised two chicks in 2003 and have done so ever since.
In 2009 two further chicks from two different nests were fitted with transmitters, one of which was provided by Birdworld, so that more data can be gathered on the spread of this wonderful bird through the county.
Fitting the birds with radio transmitters has led to the discovery of previously un-known winter roost sites where groups of kites congregate for the colder months of the year and allows for further assessment of population numbers.