Harewood Estate is famously known as home to the Queen's cousin, the Earl of
Set in beautiful grounds, including formal gardens and areas
of natural woodland, one of Harewood's main attractions is the Bird Garden and
its Red Kites.
The Bird Garden houses one of the country's top avian
collections, with over 100 species of threatened and exotic birds housed there,
including ostriches, parrots, flamingos, owls, and a popular penguin pool.
Estate is one of the best places in Yorkshire to see the once-extinct Red Kite,
which, until just a few years ago, could only be seen in a handful of remote areas
The Red Kites love the landscape around Harewood with its woodlands
for nesting, thermals for floating and hovering, and plentiful carrion to feed
Twenty one young red kites were released into the wild on the Harewood
Estate in summer 1999 as part of a reintroduction programme, and now the Estate
is one of the top British sites to see the birds of prey.
Bird Garden is also an active member of the Federation of Zoological Gardens of
Great Britain and Ireland.
With species from the African Grasslands, Indochina
and Central and South America, the garden houses a menagerie of rare birds.
the birds are the curiously named Luzon Bleeding Heart Dove, so-called because
of the patch of red on its breast, and the Yellow-Throated, Red-Winged and Spotted
Laughing Thrushes, whose names relate to the unusual sound of their calls.
The estate participates in various captive breeding schemes to ensure the
conservation of many rare species of birds.
Harewood is a joint conservation
scheme between the RSPB, English Nature and Yorkshire Water.
of Harewood Estate.