What about a chaffinch?

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robin © Jules Hill

robin © Jules Hill

Do we need a “national” bird? Some people believe we do and have arranged a poll of ten shortlisted birds for us to make up our minds.

The polling ends on another polling day – that of the general election on May 7th – and you can vote by clicking here or going to http://www.votenationalbird.com/#vote.

The choice is between the following: – mute swan, red kite, hen harrier, puffin, barn owl, kingfisher, wren, robin, blackbird and the blue tit. The list doesn’t contain such other well-known birds such as the song thrush, house sparrow, chaffinch, starling, nuthatch or nightingale, all these having been removed and missing the cut for the short list.

At present the favourite to win is the robin.

But why have a national bird? Is it going to make us more proud? Shouldn’t there be one for each national that is England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

We have a leek or a daffodil for Wales, a rose for England, a shamrock for Ireland and a thistle for Scotland and has that been worthwhile other to makers of tacky souvenirs?

American and Australian states have their own birds but do you visit Kentucky because of the state bird or Queensland for the same reason? You visit it for the attractions of the area and if that includes the fact that it becomes for migratory birds you do it for that reason.

From a tourism point-of-view then, I see no reason to proclaim a national bird. From a reason for reminding us to remember one of the 540 varieties of birds that inhabit the UK, fair enough. But will it do anything for the bird varieties that aren’t elected as our national bird?



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