In search of the red kite
The Red Kite is a British conservation success story. It was a common scavenger in towns and cities in Shakespearean times, but had almost disappeared from the UK by the 1990s. Thanks to successful reintroduction programmes, it can be found in significant quantities if you head to the right spot…
Gigrin Farm, Wales
Near Rhyader, this sheep farm feeds the kites at a set time, so you are guaranteed a good show (www.gigrin.co.uk), and there are hides available to hire.
The best places are in the villages where the M40 cuts through the Chilterns (www.chilternsaonb.org). We went to Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve.
Feeding station on the Trossachs Bird of Prey Trail (www.argatyredkites.co.uk).