The robin is poised to be named Britain’s “national bird” as part of a campaign run by David Lindo, a bird watcher and television presenter
8:00AM GMT 02 Nov 2014
It is the perennial favourite of gardeners and plays a starring role on our Christmas cards, and now the robin is poised to be named Britain’s “national bird”.
The red-breasted bird, commonly seen in gardens, parks and woodland, is ahead of the barn owl, kingfisher and blue tit in the final weeks of voting on a shortlist for the title.
The poll, backed by the RSPB, invites members of the public to vote for their favourite bird from a list of 60 candidates.
The top six from the list will emerge when voting closes at the end of this month. A second round of voting next year will then decide the overall winner.
The robin is currently the frontrunner, with around 40 per cent of the vote.