RSGS Inspiring People: Tom Bowser (Kirkcaldy Event)


A Sky Full of Kites

Shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award

Red kites were once Britain’s most common bird of prey. By the early 1900s they’d been wiped out in Scotland and England following centuries of ruthless persecution. When some reintroduced kites began roosting on their 1,400-acre farm at Argaty in Perthshire, Tom Bowser’s parents, Lynn and Niall, decided to turn their estate into a safe haven. They began feeding the birds and invited the world to come and see them, learn about them and fall in love with them.

A Sky Full of Kites is the story of the Argaty Red Kite project, and the re-establishing of these magnificent raptors to Scotland, but it is also much more than that. Ill at ease with the traditional rural values of livestock farming, Lynn and Niall’s son Tom, who returned to work on the farm after a career in journalism, reveals his passion for nature and his desire to dedicate his family’s land to conservation.


20th March 2023


The Old Kirk, 40 Kirkwynd, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1EH

RSGS Members and students are entitled to free entry on the door – all subject to availability. Some tickets may be available at the door for cash only.


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Monday 20 Mar 2023
Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy. United Kingdom