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A Sea-Stag: The Badge of the 
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The odd-looking creature on our pages (and on the Avon AA logo and banner) is a Sea-Stag (top half stag; bottom half fish); one of those totally non-functional animals that only heraldic designers can dream up, and then probably after a heavy night on the Mystic Potion.

The Sea-Stag was the badge of the former Avon County Council, and a pair of them acted as supporters of the shield in the Arms of the County Council. It represents in one creature two aspects of Avon: the Royal Forests, and the rivers, ports and sea. The Stag part has a set of antlers of twelve points (a “Royal Stag”), and has round its throat a crown with fleurs-de-lys to emphasise the royal aspect; on its shoulder it has a roundel of blue and white wavy lines to emphasise the watery aspect of the creature. Expressed in Blazon (the archaic language of heraldic description):

BADGE: A Sea Stag erect proper gorged with an ancient Crown of Fleurs de Lys Or and charged on the shoulder with a Fountain.

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