Sparrows’ ‘good news story’ shows ethical gardening benefits

While the last few decades have seen the population of House Sparrows decline by roughly 50 per cent, there have been recent improvements.

Data released by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) as part of its Garden BirdWatch programme suggest the bird's drop in numbers has begun to level off.

One of the main causes of the original decline was a loss in nesting sites and food sources – especially a distinct lack of invertebrates, which are the animal's favourite treat.

But recent changes that have seen ethical gardening come to the forefront of most green-fingered enthusiasts' plans mean that House Sparrows have found more locations to lay their eggs.

BTO's garden ecology team have recommended more Britons get involved with this ethical gardening practice and it has outlined a number of ways newcomers can get involved.

One of the most common failures of amateur horticulturists is the neglect of birdhouses, which has spread diseases among House Sparrows that might nest in an unhygienic environment.

BTO officials also called on Brits to avoid getting rid of hawthorn and ivy bushes as these are a fantastic hiding place for the animal if it is being chased by natural predators.

Commenting on the rise in House Sparrow numbers, BTO garden ecology team member Clare Simm said: "We are a nation of wildlife lovers and more people are now managing their gardens for wildlife, which will be benefitting our House Sparrows. 

"There is also a greater awareness of clean feeding stations and in reducing garden pesticide use. The combination of these factors could be helping the House Sparrow to maintain its population."

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