Where to see red kites in the UK

10 best places to see red kites. 

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1 Tollie Red Kites, Dingwall, Highland

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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

2 Argaty Red Kites, Doune, Perthshire

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

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

4 Derwent Valley, Gateshead

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

5 Harewood House, Yorkshire

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

6 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

7 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

9 Chilterns AONB

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

10 M40, Oxon and Bucks

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