My name’s Harry, I’m 18, and Save The House Sparrows is my one-man conservation project.
Living next to Portsmouth, the 2nd densest city in Britain, it was clear many local wildlife lovers didn’t have the luxury of scarce/wild species of exotic locations. Spoonbills and Eagles, though stunning creatures, aren’t “available” to see and conserve unless you chance at living near some or have the time/money to travel. More emphasis and interest for the everyday species was needed. Those everyone could watch and conserve, from rural Scottish farmers to inner-city Londoners.
House Sparrows are perfect! They’re the most widely distributed bird on Earth, but at the same time a species we've lost over 21million of in Britain in recent decades, with urban populations suffering especially.
My project’s focus is advocating this message and how everyday people can conserve House Sparrows (installing birdboxes, Sparrow-friendly gardening, etc.) through magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and events. Myself (plus some suitably bribed friends occasionally*) also liaise with other conservationists to practically conserve House Sparrows, by managing urban green spaces, upcycling waste timber into nestboxes, and fighting local pollution.
Sadly, I'm currently in the last few months of running this project now, as it's due to end on December 31st, exactly two years after I started it post-lockdown. Don't get me wrong, I've had an absolutely amazing two years, and have made a real impact, but so much out there needs saving. Save The House SPIDER won't start itself!
Over the next few years I plan to travel and gain experience in wildlife conservation and rewilding, however we've still got a few months left, and I'm determined to make as big of an impact as is humanely possible in that time, and I hope you'll join me!