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Robin knocked off top Christmas card spot

Last modified: 08 December 2010

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Image: The RSPB

If you were to guess which bird was the most popular on Christmas cards, you'd think the robin would be a safe bet.

But this year, the RSPB is surprised to discover that a trio of other garden birds feature on its top selling festive cards.

Firecrests, blue tits and long-tailed tits are the wildlife charity's top sellers, with a tree sparrow card in the second spot.

The highest selling robin card is at number eight.

Around two million RSPB Christmas cards are sold every year, raising almost £750,000 of valuable income

Geoff Brown, RSPB Trading Manager, says: 'I think everyone would expect the most popular Christmas card from the RSPB to feature a robin but this year the top spot has been taken by some other garden favourites.

'A pack of three cards featuring lovely wintry images of a blue tit, a firecrest and a long-tailed tit is flying off the shelves, and we hope this proves that people realise that all birds need our help at the moment.

'We do five festive cards featuring robins, and together, they are the top selling bird, but the top selling card pack is the one featuring the firecrest, blue tit and long-tailed tit.'

Around two million RSPB Christmas cards are sold every year, raising almost £750,000 of valuable income for the charity. RSPB card buyers can be assured that 100 per cent of the profit is spent on the vital work of the charity to protect all wildlife and the habitats it lives in.

The three most popular Christmas card stars are among the birds that will struggle most in the cold weather. The RSPB also hopes that card sales will help remind people that birds need our help at this time of year as it's a constant battle to survive in the ice and snow, especially for small-bodied birds.

Geoff Brown says: 'As well as being lovely to receive a Christmas card with a beautiful picture on the front, it may just jog people's memories to remember their own garden birds and provide that all important food.

'And while tree sparrows are thankfully no longer as rare in the wild as they once were, they are becoming rare in our warehouse as most are on their way to the warmer climate found on Christmas mantel pieces all over the country!'

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