Red Kites Keep Students Indoors
An update to our story about the red kites attacking schoolchildren in Oxfordshire. School pupils at Watlington Community College have been banned from playing in the playground because of the birds of prey’s penchant for allegedly attacking them. One child has allegedly been given a tetanus shot after his arm was slashed by a belligerent red kite. Farm workers, the RAF and members of the public have called for a cull of the birds after a spate of attacks. The birds have an average wingspan of 5ft and typically feed on mice, moles, worms, small rabbits and carrion.
Breeding pairs of kites have increased by 130 per cent since 2010 and now number more than 2,000, according to a 2011 RSPB survey.