Apparently, the first bird a woman sees on Valentine’s Day tells her the type of husband she will get. Magpies seem good news – good job they are commoner than ever! Birds of prey seem ones to look out for but maybe crows should be avoided.
The first reference to St Valentine’s Day being associated with lovers appears to be in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Parlement of Foules. We don’t need a parliament of the birds – but we do need a parliament that takes account of birds, bees and the rest of the wildlife that we love (on Valentine’s day and every other day of the year).
This blog is an edited version of one written three years ago for Valentine’s day.