Country Escape : September 2015

Welsh Border Life

While Jules is heartened to see the once endangered red kite is again flying high in Wales, he’s shocked to discover another bird of prey is not faring as well

When I first came to Mid Wales 25 years ago, the plight of the red kite was the conservation story of the moment. Just six breeding pairs were all that stood in the way of almost certain extinction from the skies above the Cambrians. Upon the wings of this tiny but resilient bunch rested the fate of the red kite inWales, whilst a similar number were also struggling for survival in Oxfordshire. If you were lucky enough to spot one, you’d race off to tell your friends and neighbours.

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