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The protection of Red Kites in the UK is one of the most successful conservation stories of the 20thcentury. Red Kites were persecuted almost to the point of extinction in the UK. The population is thought to have been reduced to just five pairs. Thanks to protection of nest sites, conservation management of farmland, and re-introduction from European populations there were an estimated 1,600 breeding pairs as of 2016.