Where to see red kites in the UK

10 best places to see red kites. 

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Tollie Red Kites, Dingwall, Highland

Feeding each afternoon, visitor centre, free admission, parking charge, wheelchair-friendly, toilets, guided walks. 01463 715000; www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/t/tollieredkites/about.aspx

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Argaty Red Kites, Doune, Perthshire

Feeding station, ranger-led hide visits and walks, wheelchair access, toilets, admission charge. 01786 841373; www.argatyredkites.co.uk

Red Kite (Milvus milvus) in flight, Gigrin Farm
Red kite in flight. © Guy Edwardes/Getty
3

Galloway Red Kite Trail, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway

Signposted walking routes, six viewpoints, feeding station (2pm, admission charge), parking, toilets. 01556 670464; www.gallowaykitetrail.com

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Derwent Valley, Gateshead

Waymarked 18km walking trail with viewpoints, visitor centres, cafés, parking. http://bit.ly/1z5txHe

Autumn scenery in the Upper Derwent valley, Derbyshire
Autumn scenery in the Upper Derwent valley, Derbyshire. © R A Kearton/Getty
5

Harewood House, Yorkshire

Kites seen from the Bird Garden and around. Café, admission charge. 0113 218 1010; http://harewood.org

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Bwlch Nant Yr Arian, Ceredigion

Up to 150 kites fed each afternoon. Café, wheelchair access, free admission, parking charge. 01970 890453; www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-8FAR9P

Red kite (Milvus milvus) in flight during a snow shower
Red kite in flight during a snow shower. © Andrew Sproule/Getty
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Gigrin Farm, Powys

Up to 600 kites fed each afternoon. Café, wheelchair access, photographers’ hide, admission charge. 01597 810243; www.gigrin.co.uk

8

Top Lodge, Northamptonshire

Three waymarked trails, visitor centre, café, toilets, free admission, parking charge. 01623 822447; www.forestry.gov.uk/toplodge

Red kite (Milvus milvus) portrait
Red kite portrait. © A J Withey/Getty
9

Chilterns AONB

Sightings across the Chilterns. www.chilternsaonb.org/about-chilterns/red-kites/where-to-see-red-kites.html

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M40, Oxon and Bucks

Keep an eye out from cars (carefully!) or trains along the M40 corridor, especially around Junctions 5–6.

Red kite (Milvus milvus) in flight preparing to dive
Red kite preparing to dive. © Andrew Sproule/Getty