There are some birds that are almost universally liked (Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush?) and quite a few that have more of a Marmite effect on people, some love them and others hate them (Hen Harrier, Cormorant?). There are some species that have their detractors – I think there is something evil about Linnets, of course.
But what of the overlooked species – the ones that hardly ever crop up in conversation? The ones that seem not to generate strong feelings one way or the other?
Here, just for fun, are my five candidates for ‘most unfairly ignored’ UK bird species. You might have other suggestions for this list but what I’m asking you to do is to vote for which of these species deserve more of our love – and tell us all why in your comments please.