On top of the Wold...

Red kite © Elliott Neep www.elliottneep.com

Red kites are flourishing in the Yorkshire Wolds, yet another reason to visit this beautiful area of Yorkshire.

PROBABILITY OF SIGHTINGS

Likely. Red kites are frequently seen whilst walking and cycling through the Yorkshire Wolds. During the winter months, around the known red kite roost in the village of Nunburnholme, red kite sightings are almost guaranteed, particularly late afternoon.

WHERE CAN I SEE THEM AND WHEN SHOULD I GO?

These magnificent birds are now a common sight over the Yorkshire Wolds, following one of the most successful conservation programmes ever run in the UK. The best viewing points are from the public rights of way around Londesborough Park, Nunburnholme and Thixendale all in the Yorkshire Wolds. Take a look at the Walking the Riding website for walks of varying lengths, or follow this 'Top 10 Trail Experience' walk at Londesborough Park

Red kites are seen above the Yorkshire Wolds all year round, so keep your eyes peeled for the distinctive forked tail whenever you are out and about. There is an established red kite winter roost in the village of Nunburnholme where you can see up to 60 red kites from the roadside as you drive towards the village of Warter. Go late in the afternoon when they group together and seemingly show off as they swoop through the air.

WHAT ELSE CAN I SEE AND DO WHILST I'M THERE?

There are no wildlife visitor centres or major nature reserves as such on the Yorkshire Wolds, but there is certainly plenty of wildlife to enjoy. The best way to do this is on foot or bike, so take advantage of the network of footpaths, the Yorkshire Wolds National Trail and the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Way.

The remaining chalk grasslands on the Yorkshire Wolds are particularly noted for their orchids and wildflower displays. In June, drop into YWT Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit or YWT Wharram Quarry for excellent displays of typical chalk grassland flowers and butterflies, such as marbled whites.