In search of the red kite

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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.

Chilterns, Eng­land

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.

Ar­gaty, Scot­land

Feed­ing sta­tion on the Trossachs Bird of Prey Trail (www.ar­gatyred­kites.co.uk).

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