Fantastic Day For Leica Welsh Red Kites At RSPB Conwy 11 March 2018

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The Leica Welsh Red Kites, minus Rob Jones, at RSPB Conwy.

On Sunday 11th March the Leica Welsh Red Kites, fund raising team for Champions of the Flyway, held an all day event to raise funds to help stop the killing of our migrant birds. The day was a huge success! We would like send a massive thank you to all the amazing people that donated and made this event such a brilliant day! Over 200 lovely folks have donated over £7000 to help the Champions of the Flyway, working with Birdlife International, stop the slaughter of migrant birds as they cross the Mediterranean, some 25 million birds are killed each year! And yes, you did read that correctly 25 million birds shot and trapped every year, please help us stop this.

The fund raising went amazingly well but there was much more to the day. The team had the chance to chat to lots of visitors to the reserve and raise awareness of the plight faced by our migrant birds. A fun bird race on the reserve during the whole day resulted in an impressive 78 species of bird being seen! For such a small nature reserve that is an amazing list, quality birds too! At two, perhaps three, Firecrest showed off in the mild weather. Many visitors enjoying their first ever views of this gem of a bird, a species which is often killed across the Mediterranean Flyway by "hunters", so sickening. Holly Page found a huge Glaucous Gull on the second lagoon, super record for RSPB Conwy. A Water Pipit was seen on the estuary and Kingfisher sightings were recorded throughout the day. But perhaps the most fitting sighting was that of a magnificent Red Kite soaring against the blue sky just after the reserve opened at 10am. This most beautiful raptor was once very rare in the UK but now is widespread and doing very well indeed, a sign that things can change if we make them change. Please help us to stop the senseless slaughter of our migrant birds, thank you. You can make that change by donating to the Leica Welsh Red Kites here...

Every penny donated goes to bird conservation and every penny counts, huge thank you if you can help. You can also help by sharing this link on your social media pages and with friends and family, let's end the killing. Thank you so much.

Here are a few images from the day and the talks in the evening. We would again like to thank everyone who made this day such a huge succes. Many thanks too to all the staff and volunteers at RSPB Conwy.

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A lovely, fast moving, Firecrest - photo by Holly Page.

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Firecrest watching the birdwatchers - photo by Holly Page.

Alan with hot choc

Man can not live by birds alone, he needs hot chocolate!

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The Glaucous Gull found and photographed by Holly Page.

If you would like more information on the Leica Welsh Red Kites or Champions of the Flyway please email us here...

Please make a donation and help us help stop the killing of our birds, thank you so much. Alan, Marc, Robin, Arfon and Rob the Leica Welsh Red Kites.

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The team "singing" I would like to teach the world to bird in perfect harmony.

Only those present that evening will know just how bad it was, unless you have access to Facebook! If people don't donate money to the cause quickly we will "sing" again - you have been warned!

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