Since 2007 a programme to reintroduce the Red Kite into Ireland has been happening. In total 81 birds have now been released in Wicklow, with another 53 in Down since 2008. Last year the first two pairs bred, but weren't successful.
But this year was far more successful, with seven pairs raising 12 chicks in Wicklow and four pairs raising five chicks in Down. This is great news for the species, and more details of the project can be found in this extract from Wingers, the kids section of BirdWatch Ireland's magazine.