As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday 3 February 2014

Gordon Buchanan asks petitions committee to adopt golden eagle as national bird

January 2014: Tomorrow, wildlife cameraman and natural history presenter, Gordon Buchanan will talk to the Holyrood Petitions Committee about getting the golden eagle adopted as Scotland’s national bird. 

He will be asking them to approach the Scottish Parliament about supporting the RSPB campaign, which calls for the formal adoption of the majestic golden eagle as a new national symbol.

Golden eagles were voted the nation’s favourite animal in a year-long poll run by the government conservation agency Scottish Natural Heritage and the tourism agency VisitScotland. In the vote for the ‘Big 5’ (golden eagle, red squirrel, red deer, harbour seal and otter), the golden eagle secured an overwhelming 40 per cent of the vote, double that of the red squirrel, which was the second most popular contender.

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