The robin has topped a poll of more than 200,000 people to choose the UK’s first national bird. The red-breasted bird received 34% of votes, followed by the barn owl, which received 12%, and the blackbird, 11%.
More than 224,000 people voted online, at ballot boxes in schools and by post in the poll, which began in March. Ornithologist David Lindo – who launched the campaign – said the result was “fitting”, as the robin was Britain’s most familiar bird.
BBC Springwatch presenter Mr Lindo began the project last year, saying Britain should have a national bird like many other countries. The robin was initially selected – along with nine other birds – from a list of 60 in a preliminary vote. A ballot for the final 10 then opened to the British public in March.
The barn owl came second in the poll – receiving 12% of the vote. Other contenders included the wren, the red kite and the kingfisher – which came 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. The mute swan came 7th in the vote, followed by the blue tit, the hen harrier and the puffin.
Mr Lindo has said he would speak to the government to ask for the winner to be officially recognised as Britain’s national bird.
“The robin is Britain’s most familiar bird so it’s perhaps fitting that it has been chosen by the nation to be our national bird.” he said.
He added: “What has become the UK’s biggest ever nature vote has reminded the British people how much they love the nature around us.”
Personally, I voted for the Blackbird but am quite happy to go along with the Robin.