20 years ago this would have been a rare sight – Red Kites were virtually extinct in England, due to persecution, destruction of habitat and use of pesticides. They were still present in Wales and they were re-introduced into the Chilterns. They have since spread their wings as it were, and moved back into Gloucestershire.
Derek Greenaway spotted this handsome fellow in Millend.
Fortunately, they are now thriving as we become more aware of the value of wildlife and biodiversity.