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Red Kite -- The Red Kite was saved from national extinction by one of the world's longest running protection programmes, and has now been successfully re-introduced to England and Scotland.   I like the shift from orange to green.

Red Kite -- The Red Kite was saved from national extinction by one of the world's longest running protection programmes, and has now been successfully re-introduced to England and Scotland. I like the shift from orange to green.

Flying high: Back from the brink of extinction, the red kites are flourishing across Britain - Photo: Alamy Images

Vermin...or awesome bird of prey? The red kite is back in British towns

Flying high: Back from the brink of extinction, the red kites are flourishing across Britain - Photo: Alamy Images

Red Kite...love seeing these when driving to and from West Wales

Red Kite...love seeing these when driving to and from West Wales

Red Kite....these beautiful birds can be seen flying over our garden, last year we saw 8 at once.......xx

Red Kite....these beautiful birds can be seen flying over our garden, last year we saw 8 at once.......xx

Red kite in a southern Sweden blizzard • photo: Henrik Just. The Red Kite is a Near Threatened species of hawk that lives across much of Northern Europe. It winters as far south as northern Africa. The greatest threats to this species are pesticide use and habitat destruction.

Red kite in a southern Sweden blizzard • photo: Henrik Just. The Red Kite is a Near Threatened species of hawk that lives across much of Northern Europe. It winters as far south as northern Africa. The greatest threats to this species are pesticide use and habitat destruction.

Red Kite - In June 2010 the Forestry Commission North West England announced a three-year project that will see 90 Red Kites released in Grizedale Forest, Cumbria under a special licence issued by Natural England.

Red Kite - In June 2010 the Forestry Commission North West England announced a three-year project that will see 90 Red Kites released in Grizedale Forest, Cumbria under a special licence issued by Natural England.

BBC Blogs - Springwatch - Wing Tips: Identifying our birds of prey

Wing Tips: Identifying our birds of prey

BBC Blogs - Springwatch - Wing Tips: Identifying our birds of prey

Red Kite on 3.2.13 near Junction 32 of the M1 not sure where thats near!

Red Kite on 3.2.13 near Junction 32 of the M1 not sure where thats near!

"Red kites are well and truly back. That red kites can be now seen in several areas, however, does not make it any less special to enjoy these long-winged raptors in their core domain of Powys. And nowhere is more spectacular than at Gigrin Farm." 52 Wildlife Weekends www.bradtguides.com

"Red kites are well and truly back. That red kites can be now seen in several areas, however, does not make it any less special to enjoy these long-winged raptors in their core domain of Powys. And nowhere is more spectacular than at Gigrin Farm." 52 Wildlife Weekends www.bradtguides.com

"Two hundred years ago, they commonly scavenged scraps from the backstreets of London. Now, thanks to reintroductions by farsighted conservationists, they are once more a familiar and striking sight across Britain. Few birds have experienced such a demographic rollercoaster. Red kites are well and truly back." 52 Wildlife Weekends www.bradtguides.com

"Two hundred years ago, they commonly scavenged scraps from the backstreets of London. Now, thanks to reintroductions by farsighted conservationists, they are once more a familiar and striking sight across Britain. Few birds have experienced such a demographic rollercoaster. Red kites are well and truly back." 52 Wildlife Weekends www.bradtguides.com