House Sparrows, Passer domesticus, and How to Help Them.

by Judith John.

Female House Sparrow.  Photo by Judy John.
Female House Sparrow. Photo by Judy John.

According to the RSPB, UK house sparrow numbers fell 71% between 1977 and 2008. In many parts of Bromley they are no longer present. Studies suggest their decline is due to lack of invertebrates to feed their young, loss of seeds for adults and loss of nesting sites (hedgerows, scrub, thick ivy, house eaves).

They live in groups. Listen for their noisy cheeping and please let us know if you see any, how many you saw together and if you think they are nesting.

E-mail the date, place (postcode or grid reference) and number seen to Bromley Biodiversity Partnership at bromleybiodiversity@gmail.com. Your information will enable habitat improvements to be put in place to try and increase house sparrow numbers.

Male House Sparrow.  Photo by Judy John.
Male House Sparrow. Photo by Judy John.


How to Help House Sparrows

Poster

To see or download a poster about helping house sparrows, please click here:

     Downloadable House Sparrows Poster


This article and the photographs are copyright © Judith John 2018.