Back from the dead

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - WILD DECEMBER -

Ex­tinct in Eng­land in 1871 and in Scot­land eight years later, the red kite just about clung on in midWales. Rein­tro­duc­tion schemes have since trans­formed its for­tunes, and now the raptor is one of the species that Mark Cocker, in his book Our Place, refers to as “wild Bri­tish Lazaruses”. There is no bet­ter illustrati­on of the kite’s dra­matic come­back than the spec­tac­u­lar gath­er­ings at feed­ing stations, such as Gi­grin Farm in Powys or Bel­ly­mack Hill Farm in Dum­fries and Gal­loway. Ex­pect to see dozens of kites, plus buz­zards, ravens and crows. They look at their best in the low win­ter light.

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More de­tails at gi­grin.co.uk and bel­ly­mack­hill­farm.co.uk

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