There’s a reason why we let weeds grow between the cracks outside our back door – we know the sparrows like it. Sources of weed seed and insects are disappearing in an area where front gardens are being paved over and back gardens built on or covered with decking. The consequences have been quite literally fatal for these tiny birds that were once so common. They now survive where they can and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is repeating its 2002 survey of sparrows in the London area to discover how they have fared. The Cockney Sparrow Count is taking place until the 12th July and residents of the Greater London area are being asked to submit their own sightings to the RSPB, in fact the lack of sightings is as important in establishing how they are doing in 2012. Click here to take part.
You might also be interested in the work of David Lindo, better known as the Urban Birder, who does so much to raise awareness of urban bird life around the world.
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