We would like to welcome you to our family run farm nestled in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains, we run the only Red Kite feeding station in Ireland where visitors can watch these majestic birds in flight.
When on our Red Kite Experience you will be in awe by the thrill and delight of these magnificent birds at close quarters. Once seen, it has the most amazing effect of attracting attention, amazement and above all, admiration. It is, quite simply, one of the most impressive and beautiful birds of prey.
The Red Kite is highly adaptable and can thrive in a wide range of habitats providing it has areas of woodland, stands of tall mature trees for nesting and roosting as well as open areas for foraging. If we look back a few hundred years, the Red Kite was a regular visitor to urban areas and villages and was given legal protection in Britain due to it keeping the streets clean.
Red Kites are gregarious and during the winter months groups of Red Kites will come together to form one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles in Europe. On evenings with a good breeze, where flight is effortless, spectacular chases take place with the birds diving at each other, sometimes interlocking talons in mock fights before separating again. New arrivals are met with calls from birds already present as more birds are drawn to the roost. It really is an amazing spectacle to watch.
Red Kite Experience
Experience the beauty of The Red Kites, with the opportunity to watch them in their natural habitat, from our hide that looks onto a dedicated feeding station.
Red Kites Reintroduction
In 2008, the RSPBNI, with the support of the Welsh Kite trust, began the re-introduction of Red Kites to Northern Ireland. Between 2008 and 2010, 80 Red Kites were released into the countryside of South Down. This was the first ever re-introduction project to take place in Northern Ireland and was part of a wider All-Ireland project to bring back these amazing birds to the whole of the country. Since then many have continued to make South Down their home.
Are You A Keen Photographer Or Group?
Our hide is available for hire on weekdays, allowing you time to enjoy the surroundings and capture the moments without being spotted!
To find out our availability and costs, check out our Photographer – Red Kite Experience page.