Red kite feeding in Wales

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The red kite is Wales' most popular bird.[1] In some parts of mid-Wales red kites are regularly fed by humans. This has a dual purpose: it is intended to help sustain and increase the kite population through the provision of extra food, and it also acts as a tourism draw.

Red kite feeding on a farm near Rhayadr, Wales, UK

Locations at which this takes place include:

Debate has taken place over the effectiveness of kite-feeding as a conservation method. Practitioners of kite-feeding argue that it has helped to increase the species' population, and sustain the birds through poor winters. It has also been suggested that the practice of feeding kites has hampered their spread out of central Wales into other parts of the United Kingdom.


  1. ^ "WALES: Wales votes red kite its favourite bird.(News)". Daily Post (Liverpool, England). MGN Ltd. 2007. HighBeam Research (<>, subscription required). Retrieved 13 Jun. 2013.
  2. ^ Red Kites Wales
  3. ^ Gigrin Farm
  4. ^ Nant-yr-Arian