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PostSubject: English Sparrows in UK threatened?   Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:41 am

*courtesy of BBC news- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7738798.stm

Sparrow numbers 'plummet by 68%'

The house sparrow feeds on insects like aphids during the summer months
The population of house sparrows in Britain has fallen by 68% in the past three decades, according to the RSPB.

A report by the charity said the paving over of front gardens and removal of trees had caused a big decline in insects that the birds eat.

It suggests sparrows are now disappearing altogether from cities such as London, Bristol and Edinburgh.

Dr Will Peach, from the RSPB, said many gardens had become "no-go areas for once-common British birds".

Starving chicks

Scientists from the RSPB joined forces with De Montfort University and Natural England to investigate the decline of the house sparrow.

They studied numbers in Leicester over a three-year period and found that they fell by more than two thirds.

Dr Peach said every pair of house sparrows must raise at least five chicks a year to maintain the population, but many were starving to death in their nests or were too weak to live long after fledging.

The study did find that chick survival was higher in areas where insects, such as aphids, were more abundant. [Gardeners can help by] being lazy, doing nothing and allowing the garden to be a little bit scruffy

Dr Will Peach, RSPB

Dr Peach said: "Peanuts and seeds are great for birds for most of the year, but sparrows need insects in summer - and lots of them - to feed their hungry young.

"Honeysuckle, wild roses, hawthorn or fruit trees are perfect for insects and therefore house sparrows.

"The trend towards paving of front gardens and laying decking in the back, and the popularity of ornamental plants from other parts of the world, has made many gardens no-go areas for once common British birds."

He said gardeners could help sparrows by "being lazy, doing nothing and allowing the garden to be a little bit scruffy".



Urban birder David Lindo on how to attract sparrows to gardens
The study, published in the journal Animal Conservation, concluded that the decline in house sparrows in Britain began in the mid-1980s.

In London, numbers fell by 60% between 1994 and 2004.

The house sparrow has been added to the list of species identified by the UK Biodiversity Action Plan as in need of greater protection
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PostSubject: UK sparrows   Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:22 pm

Amazing! In Europe where they are native, they are declining! In US where they are destroying are native birds, they are incresing!! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: English Sparrows in UK threatened?   Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:06 pm

It is odd, the world works in mysterious ways!
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PostSubject: Re: English Sparrows in UK threatened?   Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:33 pm

Do you thin k they myght be eatting them over there? maybe thats what we need some good sparrow recepies and the poppulation will mistiriously decrease!
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PostSubject: Re: English Sparrows in UK threatened?   Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:32 am

Actually, in England at least, they like the sparrows. They draw them into their gardens and even hand feed them. I have personally seen it done.
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PostSubject: Re: English Sparrows in UK threatened?   Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:32 pm

That's true, they like them and hate to see them diminish whereas we can't get rid of them fast enough.
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PostSubject: Re: English Sparrows in UK threatened?   Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:46 am

That would be a dream come true for all real bluebird/cavity-nesting bird/songbird fans, is to sit back and enjoy our birds, and "never, ever" find another carcass in a nestbox, and to have all of the beautiful songbirds return to our natural areas. I'd love to see the house sparrow and starling become extinct.
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PostSubject: Re: English Sparrows in UK threatened?   Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:10 pm

"Gardeners can help"? Good Grief!! I hope to never see our country all paved. I wish we could send them a few shiploads.
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