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June  2017

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The red kite (Milvus milvus) is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers.
The population that survived the persecution in the old oakwoods of mid-Wales has spread, and continues to go from strength to strength. Back in 1999 when red kites were far less common, a feeding station was set up at Gigrin Farm, Rhyader in mid-wales to give the birds a helping hand. Now as many as 150 kites come in to feed daily, and more in winter months, In England the reintroduced birds can be found in many counties. The Scottish population is centred around the release sites in Dumfries and Galloway, Stirlingshire and West Perthshire, around Black Isle in Ross-shire, and on the outskirts of Aberdeen City. Kites have also now been returned to Northern Ireland.
This magnificently graceful bird of prey is unmistakable with its reddish-brown body, angled wings and deeply forked tail. It was saved from national extinction by one of the world's longest running protection programmes

Red Kite  (Milvus milvus)