May I appeal to my neighbours not to put out meat carcasses for the red kites. On several occasions now I have had to try and stop my dog eating chicken bones which he has found in my garden, not always successfully. I can’t imagine where they have come from if not dropped by birds.

Some people may not be aware that cooked bones are extremely bad for dogs, they can splinter in the stomach and cause all sorts of problems.

While not wanting to spoil the pleasure you get from seeing these birds circling, I ask you to think about whether the scraps you leave out could have consequences for other animals.