The season for watching Red Kite nests and recording breeding success is upon us, my CCW watching licence arrived in the post a few days ago and the Welsh Kite Trust's annual get together gets everyone ready. A meeting within sight of Gigrin, Rhaeadr could not have been a more appropriate location. Tony Cross, the superbly commited field officer reported on another successful season (2008) despite the gales in late April destroying a few nests. Reports were also received on the expansion of Welsh birds into England and the reintroductions to Ireland. The commitment of the trustees, individuals like Tony, landowners and all the voluntary watchers have made the conservation of the Red Kite a real success story and made it the closest thing we have to a national bird. I think we should make that proposal and extent the love of this bird to other endangered raptors as well.