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.