Wildlife artist opens a soaring new show

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PERUSE paintings of red kites then take a safari to watch the real birds soar over the Yorkshire Wolds at a new art show in Thixendale.

Acclaimed wildlife artist Robert Fuller celebrates this tenacious bird of prey’s return from the brink of extinction with a new series of detailed paintings.

The reintroduction of red kites to the UK is one of conservation’s greatest success stories. Just 20 years ago there were only a handful of red kites left in this country.

Now, after a nationwide reintroduction programme, they are flourishing throughout Britain.

Their return to Yorkshire began in 1999 when a small group of young birds were released at Harewood House near Leeds. These bred successfully and now a notable number have settled on the Wolds. During winter they can be seen roosting together at a site near Pocklington.

“There was a time when I thought I would not see a red kite in Yorkshire in my lifetime, and now you can see them here on the Wolds,” said Mr Fuller.

Accompanying the exhibition will be safaris to see a red kite roost on the Wolds as well as walks to find short-eared owls and winter migrants.

On show inside the gallery are photographic studies of red kites as well as a wealth of paintings and prints featuring fauna from around the world.

Robert Fuller’s Christmas Exhibition is open daily from 11am to 4.30pm between 29 October and 13 November at The Robert Fuller Gallery, Fotherdale Farm, Thixendale.