House Sparrows. Bubbly little characters, they’re as at-home in a lonely, rural hedgerow as that gash in your eaves. Garden hedges are often fat with their fuzzy chestnut bodies, squabbling black bills and rapacious calls. However, despite living cheerfully beside us since the Stone Age; dubbed ‘the rats of the bird feeder’, it’s deceiving you.
Studies show that in England, they’ve been consistently declining since research began. Then, from 1977 onwards, triggered by forces we don’t yet fully have a grasp on, their numbers plummeted by over 70% (BTO figures). Well over 34,000,000 birds have now been lost, only since 1966.
So, this project was created. We’re a finite, leaderless project, created to spread as much awareness of our diminishing House Sparrows as possible, particularly focusing on England, and its urban Sparrows (the fastest declining). This’ll be done through this website, our social media, events etc (COVID permitting). We’ll also be out actively conserving them, and already have some planned talks with MPs/councils to try and change the way their land is managed.
Hopefully soon, we’ll also be creating and selling products like nest boxes, to help generate much-needed funds for conservation organizations fighting/researching this decline.
To find out more, please feel free to look round! And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email/social media (twitter + Instagram currently)/in the comments and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
Thank-you for taking the time to visit!