National Bird Campaign: online voting begins tomorrow.

The Final Stage of Voting has Begun!

Monday 16th March marks the start of the online voting

Last year, 70,000 of you voted in the first round of the Vote National Bird Campaign.  A list of 60 iconic British species was whittled down to a shortlist of the 10 most popular birds. The time has now come to vote for the bird that will become the nation’s avian symbol.

With this year signifying the Queen’s entry into the record books as the Empire’s longest reigning monarch, it would be fitting to mark the occasion with the announcement of Britain’s first official national bird.

Voting opens on March 16th 2015 and will close at midnight May 7th 2015 – the day of the General Election. You can either place your votes online or on paper ballot forms at selected nature reserves around the country.


Urban Birder mailing address is: PO box 3957, Marlborough, Wilts SN8 9ED
The Urban Birder would love to see you vote again and asks that we get our friends to vote too, so …. readers please spread the word.  Dare one suggest that tweeting might for once also seem appropriate?

To vote please visit

Most of the birds in the top 10 were expected candidates. However suggests Lindo, perhaps the most surprising inclusion is the Hen Harrier, one of England’s rarest breeding birds. Down to just one breeding pair a couple of years ago, it may already be extinct.

Could the majestic Hen Harrier knock the hot favourite Robin off its perch?  The 10 birds awaiting your vote:

Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Blackbird, Robin, Blue Tit, Wren, Mute Swan, Barn Owl, Puffin & Kingfisher.
Chris Packham@ChrisGPackham · Mar 14

Wrens and Robins are great but the Hen Harrier as our National Bird would really make a difference !

How many will we see in the Humberhead Levels this winter? Image: Tim Melling

How many have we seen in the Humberhead Levels this winter?  Image: Tim Melling


Another species impacted upon by change of agricultural practices & habitat loss?


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