Will you support a call for the Robin to be adopted as the UK’S national bird?
FRANCE HAS ITS rooster, the USA has the Bald Eagle, India has the Peacock and Sweden has the Blackbird. Yet the UK still remains one of the few countries without an official National Bird. But that could all be set to change if ‘Urban Birder’ and Bird Watching contributor, David Lindo, gets his way. Last year, David held a vote to choose Britain’s national bird, which resulted in nearly a quarter of a million people voicing their opinion on which of our feathered residents would best represent our country. The result was a resounding victory for the cute-looking Robin, which won despite its ‘violent’ territorial behaviour. Now, David has launched an online petition to force the Government to officially adopt the Robin as the UK’S national bird, elevating the iconic Christmas card bird to the same level as Japan’s Green Pheasant and Belgium’s Kestrel. Once the petition gets 100,000 signatures, the Government will consider debate. If successful, then we could soon be seeing Robins on banknotes, stamps or coins, an honour that was last held by the Wren. David is also hoping that the petition and its results will encourage enthusiasm about British wildlife, and raise awareness of British birds in schools. See December’s issue of Bird Watching on why there’s more to the Robin than meets the eye!