The Red Kites of Treflach

The kites that children fly get their name from these birds.  If you look into the sky of Treflach on a quiet autumn day you can see them spread winged motionless in search of food.  As scavengers they thrived in medieval London on a diet of rats, mice and carrion and were widespread around the country.  However with the cleaning up of towns in the 18th century; refuse being collected, sewage piped underground and constant persecution from farmers and gamekeepers, numbers dwindled to just two pairs in a remote valley in Wales.  SInce that time their numbers have been on the increase due to efforts of dedicated ornithologists and in the last two years chicks have been reared here.  Their nests are located in dense local woodland and road kill of wildlife being a major part of their diet.