What Should be Britain's National Bird?

By Gary Cutlack on at

One of those birdwatcher types has opened up a poll to find the UK's most popular kind of bird, hoping to raise the profile of wild birds in the UK -- where the only time most of us think about birds is seeing a robin on Christmas cards.

Ornithologist David Lindo is orchestrating the poll, claiming he's embarrassed about the fact we don't have a national bird or seem, as a nation, to be particularly bothered about the names of those feathery things flapping about in the hedgerows.

Lindo said of our lack of a national bird to sell t-shirts of: "The US has had one since 1776, while places like Sweden, Latvia, Bhutan, Jamaica, Mexico all have one and we haven’t. We’re supposed to be the national leaders when it comes to being animal lovers. It’s high time we put our money where our mouths are."

His Britain's National Bird poll has a shortlist of ten birds to choose from; barn owl, blackbird, blue tit, hen harrier, kingfisher, mute swan, puffin, red kite, robin and wren. Lindo's hoping the robin doesn't win, as that was voted Britain’s national bird back in the 1960s and has completely failed to increase tourism revenues since. [Independent]