- Barn Owl
- Blue Tit
- Hen Harrier
- Mute Swan
- Red Kite
You can vote now and right up until after the polls close in the general election of 7 May.
Apart from any uncertainty over whether this is a bird for England, Britain or the UK it’s all pretty straight forward really, don’t you think? First, the Wren – the only European representative of a New World bunch of birds. I love Wrens to bits but we had better not vote for a Yank as our national bird.
Mute Swan – serene, peaceful, wet and loving – hardly appropriate for our national bird?
Puffin – lovely bird, but spends most of its life at sea – perhaps a politician’s bird, but surely not one to represent us for ever.
Kingfisher – beautiful bird. Bit of a screechy voice. Too gaudy, surely. Surely? And too political a choice in the run up to 7 May – all that blue!
Red Kite – save your votes for ‘reds’ for the Labour party on 7 May.
Barn Owl – a gorgeous bird which eats rodents at night. Pity it is found on every continent except Antarctica as far as a national bird is concerned.
Blue Tit – too twee for me – and too political a choice in the run up to a general election. Again, all that blue!
Blackbird and Robin – excellent choices as familiar to all as garden birds with lovely songs. I’d be very happy with either of these. How did the Song Thrush not get onto this list? I guess that’s democracy for you.
Hen Harrier! Let’s show our British tolerance and acceptance for a bird that occupies these latitudes around the globe but is hated by a small proportion of British people – the grouse shooters. If there is a any bird that we should take to our hearts and vote for it to have a better future then it must be the Hen Harrier which is the most striking victim of wildlife crime amongst British birds. A species which should be common but is laid low because of the intolerance and criminal acts of a small number of our fellow Brits. It deserves the support of us all. The Hen Harrier needs the support of every reasonable, tolerant, caring British voter. If we cannot vote for a more tolerant law-abiding and fairer society, then what are votes for? Vote for a better future. Vote for the Hen Harrier. And add your name to this e-petition whilst you are at it please.