A highlight of the trip to the Trossachs was a visit to Argaty Red Kite centre near Doune. Part of the reintrduction project for this marvellous bird of prey, they have public feeding sessions every day (that’s session where the public pay to watch the birds being fed just in case that wasn’t clear). The bird was virtually extinct in the UK in the latter part of the 19th century, mostly through misconception as to its nature (it was widely regarded -erroneously – as a threat to livestock etc). How marvellous to see the reintroduction programme doing so well, not just here but in Wales, England and NI as well. The website <a href="“>(http://argatyredkites.co.uk) gives you the details more succinctly than I can, but suffice it to say that it was truly a wonderful sight to see around 40 red kite circling overhead.