Red kite reintroduction programme - bird aged 29 released in 1990s has died

One of the first red kites brought to the UK as part of a successful reintroduction programme in the early 1990s has died.

The bird, called Aragon, was found injured outside a school in Carterton, Oxfordshire, and rescued by bird sanctuary owner Chrissie Gaines.

After he died of his injuries she found he was from the second batch of chicks brought over from Spain in 1994.

Aragon, aged 29, is believed to have been one of the UK's oldest red kites.

By the 1980s red kites were one of only three globally-threatened species in the UK, but after their reintroduction they now have an estimated 1,800 breeding pairs.

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