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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!

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