Red Kites are a strong feature of our local environment here in Rhayader, but this wasn’t always the case!
Due to egg collection (a popular hobby throughout much of the 20th century) along with persecution they were brought to the brink of extinction, reduced to just a handful of breeding pairs. In 1990, the UK had only a few dozen red kites; 30 years later there are over 10,000.
Read more on this phenomenal success story here.
Rhayader is the proud home to Gigrin Farm, whose feeding station has been pivotal in the conservation of this majestic species. It is now a true Welsh tourist attraction, and well worth a visit.
Photo Credit: ‘Inspired by Nature’ Rhayader by Nature & CARAD, 2004.
These priceless Roman artifacts are made from solid gold, and date back to the first/second century AD – over two thousand years ago.
They were discovered in Rhayader! Watch our film about them here. They are currently on display at the British Museum but came to Rhayader for a special exhibition at CARAD in 2011. Read the news about it here.
They are: A ring with an onyx stone that has an ant carved into it, a necklace with enamel, and a bracelet (broken in half) that has wire filigree and enamel.
Image Credit: British Museum