During 2016 the Welsh Kite Trust carried out the following activities:
175 kite nests were monitored across Wales and into Shropshire (see report here).
A detailed breeding kestrel survey covering all of Pembrokeshire. (see results here).
The expansion of kestrel nest monitoring more widely in Wales. 60 nestlings and 2 full-grown birds were colour-ringed.
In 2017 Welsh Kite Trust is planning to:
Continue with the primary objective of monitoring kite nests. The aim is to have a minimum sample of 100, and more if possible, including nests within the core breeding area and near the edge of the range so that the figures can be treated as representative.
Expand the kestrel colour-ringing programme further, and trial a method of catching and marking adults so that adult survival can be measured. It is likely that adults are site-faithful between years, and if this is the case, then it will be possible to monitor their survival.
Making a public appeal for kestrel nest sites to add to those monitored in 2016. This will mean that more nestlings can be colour-ringed to help increase our understanding of juvenile dispersal patterns. Until these are better understood, it will be very difficult to decide appropriate conservation measures.
Work with a German film maker, Hans Peter Kuttler , making a documentary about welsh wildlife., and promoting the success of the kite.
Begin the process of digitising all our early nest records so that the data can be entered into the BTO nest record scheme and become a more accessible resource.