After the sad news that a red kite was illegally shot and killed close to the village of Salperton in the Cotswolds in March, we have put together a gallery of the protected species.

The images of red kites and other birds of prey have been taken by talented photographers in the Gloucestershire camera club.

The images include a rare sighting of an albino red kite in Wales as well as a number of pictures captured of the magnificent birds in flight in and around the Cotswolds.