One of the most amazing success stories over the lifetime (to date) of Bird Watching. At its launch, 30 years ago, Little Egret was still a rarity in this country (though plentiful in southern Europe), though just a few years later the invasion was beginning. By the early 1990s, a few birds had infiltrated Grey Heron colonies in a sort of mockbreeding. A few years later, when England reached the semi-final of Euro 1996 (which we were hosting), the first pair of Little Egrets was nesting on Brownsea Island, Dorset. Fast forward another 20 years and Little Egrets are a familiar sight for many of us, especially in the southern half of the country. There are now some 4,500 wintering birds and 660-750 breeding pairs.