People come from all over Europe to see the kites. It’s our duty to spread the
message, good news we need to share it with everybody. So we put information into
places like garden centres, tourist offices, we go out to local events with RSPB or
National Trust. We go to local flower shows and by putting up information panels we
enable people to go out and see these kites, these majestic birds that fly above our
Access is important for everybody. People can hire scooters on the Derwent walk
through Gateshead mobility and why shouldn’t everybody have the opportunity to
see these birds wheeling and soaring and displaying and dancing in the sky.
We also do presentations and sometimes articles in the local press tell the story for
us. We even go online with bird forum, that’s in international bird watching
conference online whose members take a great interest in our Northern Kites. They
look out for them, they report sightings and we see in this one Centurion. Now,
Centurion is the 100th chick that was released last year and it was adopted by
Roman Road School in east Gateshead. Of course, Roman Road, Centurion, 100th
chick, what a superb choice of name!
Painting, photography, craftwork, tapestry, all of these works reflect the delight
people find in the colours, the flight, the behaviour of these delightful birds.
Wherever people travel in the Derwent valley they’ll be reminded of the Northern Kite
project. Wylam brewery created a ruby ale in the honour of the project and you’ll find
that in a lot of pubs. A book has been written called ‘Lets go Flying, kites’ and you
might see that on sale at any of the Northern Kite events. The travelling
advertisement is of course the Red Kite bus with the wonderful images of the kite on
the side and the big eyes on the back and on the front. The official website is the
place to find more information if you’re interested in learning more about the kites
and what is happening and where to see them. Where to go.
Let’s celebrate, these kites are back and hopefully they’re back for good.