Red kite (Milvus milvus) 1,800 pairs, status green (UK), near threatened (Europe, global)
The now familiar red kite isn’t shy; in ancient times, it thrived by living and scavenging alongside man in towns. Thanks to reintroductions, which begun in 1989, in England and Scotland and the nurturing of a remnant population in Wales, these magnificent birds— with russet plumage, a 5ft 6in wingspan and a long, forked tail—can be seen circling throughout the country.
Red kites principally rely on carrion, but will also take small birds and mammals, worms and insects and are notorious for cheekily stealing objects such as underwear from washing lines for nest building
* All statistics courtesy of the BTO and RSPB. Numbers represent breeding pairs— there are many more juveniles and non-breeders