Garden party

Britain's gardens are very important for wildlife and cover more than 4,000 square miles. In London alone, private gardens cover an area greater than the Isle of Wight. Once a scavenger in mediaeval towns, from which it was banished as vermin, the red kite has now been reintroduced to the home counties and are doing well. In the mid-morning and late afternoon, kites soar in search of meals. Below them, song thrushes find a last refuge in our gardens, banished from farmland by pesticides. Red kites circle above and have been known to swoop down for food left out on a garden lawn. It's a reassuring sign that the clock can sometimes be turned back.

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