Powys has a logo - it's on everything; Council stationery and publications, the fleet of refuse wagons, uniforms; you name it and if it belongs to Powys the silhouetted image of the Red Kite is there.
This bird of prey was once very common - common enough in the 16th century to be regarded as vermin, a threat to agriculture. So-called 'Vermin Acts' required them to be killed. The persecution continued throughout the 17th and 18th centuries and towards the end of the 18th century their extermination was almost complete in England and Scotland; a few pairs managed to survive in rural mid Wales. An unofficial protection programme saved the Red Kite from extinction and now, over about 100 years the birds' numbers are slowly increasing.
Apart from on Council property they're still pretty rare around here. I've seen more in the Chilterns than in our part of Wales where it has come to represent the County. A sighting is still worth a mention and I keep promising myself a visit to the Red Kite Feeding Station at Rhayader.
However, today I saw my first Red Kite sweeping and soaring in the skies over the small mountain kingdom of Trelystan. I hope it is the first of many.
Excellent. Well worth a mention in dispatches.
*Couldn't resist the title