A lack of nesting spaces is one of the key reasons House Sparrows are declining, here's a little collage of my efforts to create some more...
Portchester High-street Project:
Thanks to the generosity of you all, who raised £150 in just a few hours, me and a small team were able to go out around the streets of Portchester and Portsmouth collecting fly-tipped wood, turn them into birdboxes and install them on buildings down Portchester High Street.
Several can now be seen on the Red Lion Pub, TBS Furniture, Portchester Dentists, the estate agents and more!
Two nestboxes I built and installed for a local dentist practice.
A nestbox given to Grange infant school, made from decking that would've gone to landfill. Currently it's occupied by a family of Blue Tits.
A distant shot of a nestbox installed over a lake in a local woodland.
One of the first colony nestboxes I built and installed (made with the help of my little sister).
One of five nestboxes me and a (sufficiently bribed) friend installed at Cams Golf Course.
A nestbox I installed for my Nan, made from wood I found dumped at the side of the road!
Collecting some of the famous Titchfield Haven nature reserves old boardwalk - it's currently in my shed waiting to be turned into more nestboxes...
One of my colony Sparrow boxes on the Drama Studio of Portchester Community School (my old school!)
One of the many nestboxes installed at the nursery inside Portchester Community School.
Another nestbox made from my neighbor's old decking - now installed on the nursery in PCS.
Another boardwalk nestbox on the nursery in PCS
The fleet of nestboxes for Portchester Community School prior to being installed...
When visiting my family in Cambridgeshire, I took the opportunity to set up a stall selling Sparrow boxes and bug hotels outside their house, and ended up selling out of bug hotels! This is one of the 50+ fliers I printed advertising the stall.
One of the trust stalls I set up when visiting family in Cambridgeshire, selling Sparrow boxes, bug hotels and a Colony Nestbox.
Sparrow box installed in Cambridgeshire-made from the same sheet of wood as one installed in Wales!
Out on a hard day's work installing boxes on the local pub - feat. my colleague's stylish hair.
Two Sparrow-boxes installed on a friends house in Fleet.
A colony nestbox, specially designed for Sparrows, ready to be installed at Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve (updates soon hopefully!).
One of many birdboxes on Covney Church, Cambridgeshire, donated as part of their scheme to restore the church and its grounds for wildlife and people.
Another box at Coveny Church.
The most beautiful car boot I have ever seen...
A close-up of one of the Coveny boxes, the initials of the locals who sponsored it screwed into the front.
Me on a roof (as per usual) installing some boxes on shops down the local high-street to help its small Sparrow colony.
The next batch all ready to go....
5mins before this little chick fledged the nest...
No.60 in my Nan's garden
35 off to Titchfield Garden Centre
The most beautiful boot ever
x2 driftwood birdboxes for a neighbour
Green Roofs aren't just for buildings...
Prime viewing through a skylight!
Birdboxes with a view over Sunny Portsmouth
Yes, this is a Robin box... don't tell the Sparrows!
One of 15 birdboxes at Wicor Primary School, this one amongst a cluster of Cherries.
Previously a mantlepiece on its way to landfill... now a home for (hopefully) many generations of birds
A rare photo of me actually installing a box! This one being positioned over a lake on Cams Golf Course.
At the "Nature's Roadshow" event at St Albens Primary School with my two colleagues.
Me. Most likely saying something brilliant.
Bringing a little wildlife into this car park.
What Save The House Sparrow is all about: bringing wildlife into the most human, urbanized areas going! (Installed on a local estate agents.)
The sun was very bright!
The very first birdbox I numbered - installed in some dense trees next to a car park.
Running out of room for the car...
No.3... I know... another Robin
x3 recycled boxes, ready to go on sale at a local
Pride of place on the shelves of HomeHardware
A Sparrow Terrace @ Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve
My theory: Insect homes = more insects = more birds = more birdboxes needed
An aquatic Sparrow terrace
One of 11 birdboxes installed @ Castle Primary School
Just another day Saving The House Sparrow @ a local nursery
Birdbox with a (albeit slightly gloomy) view
On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me: 3 Sparrow Terraces
I promise I do have a life outside of putting up birdboxes... building birdboxes
Installing birdboxes has made me realize I really hate heights