In the Middle Ages, kites were so prized for their street-cleaning skills that they were protected by royal decree in the UK. But in the 1600s, gamekeepers and egg collectors were blaming kites for attacks on their livestock and livelihoods. By the 1930s, there were only a handful of pairs left.
Their comeback kicked off in the 1960s, when a reintroduction program organized by the RSPB, Natural England, and Scottish Natural Heritage saw kites return to large areas of England, Scotland, and Wales. If you’re keen on kite-spotting, locations in the UK include Derbyshire’s Upper Derwent Valley and the Scottish Highlands.