See red kites swooping over the Yorkshire Wolds, build a nest in the inimitable style of these magnificent birds and learn all about their unusual behaviour at this exciting Red Kite Roost adventure.
Red kites have only recently fought their way back from the brink of extinction and it is still an incredible thing to be able to watch these protected birds here in Yorkshire.
This event is specially designed for children and is led by the experienced ornithologist Jack Ashton-Booth. It begins at Warter Car Park, where children will learn all about the incredible survival story of red kites and get the chance to build their own red kite nest before traveling to nearby Nunburnholme to see them swoop and dive across the skies for themselves.
Red kites are unusual birds of prey in the way that they all roost together on winter nights. They are also among the most acrobatic birds of prey and it is a delight to watch their swooping aerial displays before they settle down for the night at their communal roost.
Duration: Two hours
Level: The course is tailored for all levels of ability but is not suitable for children aged under five. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Where to meet: Meet at Warter Car Park, which is located near Warter School. After learning all about red kites you will then drive to the site.
What to bring: Binoculars, if you have them.
What to wear: The weather on the Yorkshire Wolds can be very cold at this time of year with biting winds and sub-zero temperatures. Please wear appropriate clothing. Layer up with vests etc beneath a fleece topped with a windproof/waterproof jacket, if possible in muted or dark colours. You can always leave jackets and other layers in the car if it turns out to be warm but please come prepared for arctic conditions. Good footwear is also essential as there will be some walking over uneven and possibly muddy ground.