Wildlife By Jon Ivan-Duke

Blackbird backed to be Britain's National Bird

With just 10 days of voting left, bookmakers William Hill have slashed the odds on the Blackbird becoming Britain’s National Bird.

The favourite, Robin, has weakened at the head of the betting market to 1/2 from 1/4, while Blackbird has halved in price – now 7/2 from 7/1.

“We’ve taken a lot more money than sixpence on Blackbird winning Britain’s National Bird,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “Robin is odds-on to win, but it’s not over yet and those who’ve backed the red-breasted favourite to win might still be left red-faced.”

Voting closes at midnight on May 7th (http://www.votenationalbird.com/) with betting available at William Hill (http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-ie/betting/g/5467316/Winner.html)


Britain’s National Bird 2015 – William Hill Odds:

1/2         Robin

7/2         Blackbird

11/2       Barn Owl

8/1         Kingfisher

10/1       Wren

14/1       Blue Tit

14/1       Hen Harrier

20/1       Mute Swan

20/1       Puffin

20/1       Red Kite