Cllr Cadogan Enright has welcomed the news that a second flock of red kites has been released in Co Down in a bid to reintroduce the rare birds, which were extinct for almost 200 years. The release of the young birds by the RSPB brings the total now here to nearly 50.
The Downpatrick said, “I would like to extend my congratulations to the RSPB on their tremendous work and for the success of the Red Kite introduction.”
“I have been enthusiastically following the reintroduction of these beautiful creatures to the countryside. We can only hope to see the new population of Red Kites flourish and not fall victim to the awful cases of poisoning and shooting that occurred last year.”
Cllr Enright is a member of the Down District Policing Partnership and has expressed that he will be using this position to put pressure on the Police Service to properly bring about enforcement and prosecutions against those who commit these environmental and wildlife crimes.
Cllr Enright also commented on the educational aspects for young people with the reintroduction of the Red Kites.
“I would also like to welcome the RSPB’s work to involve local schools and children in the reintroduction of the Red Kites as this can only serve to increase young peoples interest and respect for wildlife and our natural environment and also that of their parents,” concluded Cllr Enright.
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