Between 2004 and 2007 the Northern Kites Project re-introduced 94 red kites into the lower Derwent Valley. This Project was unique; whereas the previous ones had been carried out in rural areas, this one brought back the kites to a semi-urban environment. It was in 2006 that red kites began to breed in the region for the first time after an absence of 170 years. The core area for the kites is the Lower Derwent Valley but as the population increases they are slowly becoming more widely distributed.
In 2013 new village destination signs were installed at the east and west approaches to Rowlands Gill in Gateshead, they feature steel sculptures of a red kite fashioned by a north east artist.The birds weigh in at 30 kilos and each was created from two sheets of steel which were forged, shaped and then joined together.
“The people of Rowlands Gill are justifiably proud of these majestic birds which grace their skies each day. These signs will welcome both residents and visitors”. One of the local bus services is called the 'Red Kite', the local mini supermarket has a mural depicting them above their door and the village school has made them part of their school crest
The cache is located at N54 (E-B-G)(J-G).(A+B)(J-H)(C-B) W001 4(A+B+F).(B+G)(D-J+B+A)(C-G)
The answers you need are on the sign, there is a BS EN sticker ABCDE-F:GHIJ
If anybody would like to expand this series please do. I would just ask that you let Smokeypugs know first so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.