Robin takes the crown as Britain's national bird

Robin takes the crown as Britain's national bird

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After a nationwide poll, the Robin has been named as Britain's national bird, it has been revealed today (June 11th 2015).

It scooped a whopping 34 per cent of the vote, easily beating the Barn Owl (12 per cent) and Blackbird (11 per cent) into second and third places respectively.

More than 224,000 people took the time to put a cross in the box for their favourite in the poll, which was organised by Springwatch regular and Urban Birder David Lindo.

In order of preference, the rest of the top ten was rounded out by the Wren, the Red Kite, the Kingfisher, the Mute Swan, the Blue Tit, the Hen Harrier and the Puffin.

This was perhaps surprising, as it might have been more likely to see the Blue Tit higher up on the list since it's a frequent visitor to our gardens and is so easy to recognise.

Mr Lindo said in an interview with Chris Evans on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show that he was thrilled to see so many people getting involved with the vote, which closed on May 7th.

However, he admitted that he would have preferred to see the Blackbird pip the Robin to the post, as it is a real favourite with him.

The expert also suggested that the Barn Owl might have scored so highly because the vote was open to schoolchildren and the species features in the Harry Potter books and films.

Now, he said he wants to see the government act to bestow honours on the Robin to make it Britain's official national bird - and would like to have it gaining more prominence in public.

"I want to see this bird on stamps, on the back of a coin, on a statue in the centre of every city," Mr Lindo enthused.

The poll might help to give Britain's birds a higher profile, as a separate poll at Knowsley Safari Park last month found that less than half of under-15s had seen all of the species in the top ten, while many mistook Puffins for Penguins and Kingfishers for Woodpeckers.