return of the bird in times of the use of pesticides, sprays and
conflict of interest in the countryside, is due in no small way
to the efforts of the British Army in Wales. As part of its programme
of conservation of the countryside, on its own land the army affords
twenty-four hour protection to the bird; a great deterrent to
would be egg thieves for army training areas are not places to
be during 'live' firing. May the Army long continue in its efforts,
for only time will tell if it has guarded both the nests and the
young of the bird well.
was however the RSPB who took over the challenge of protection
from those early conservationists and its determined efforts to
do so seemed to be paying off. Officers of the organization can
be seen everywhere during the months of April and May; the beginning
of the bird's breeding season.
should you visit this country of mine and be using a route through
an unpopulated upland valley, stop, listen, see if you can hear
a shrill mewing coming from high over head, if you do then it
will be easy for you to understand that the bird seems to be a
link between those long gone Medieval days and the present ones.
may the bird continue its slow expansionist programme and eventually
return to the glens of Scotland and the flat open moorlands of
England, for the sight of this exquisite high flying creature
should be the privilege of everyone.