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Our Aim: To ensure a sustainable population of house sparrows across Brighton and Hove, raising awareness about their needs in order for them to thrive. Click here for objectives.

Over the past 25 years there has been a nationwide collapse in house sparrow populations. This is particularly 
notable in urban areas with losses of 75% recorded.

25 Years:  75% Loss!

This is  primarily a result of: 

1) Loss of  suitable habitat.
2) Reduction in insect food availability caused, in particular, by pollution.

If the local house sparrow population situation is not understood, there is  potential for local extinctions merely as a result of complacency. 

It is important to raise awareness.

House sparrows are ‘the most urban’ bird found across the city. They share many of the structures and spaces provided by local people. 

They thrive on food produced by people which is often left as waste.

However, house sparrows do need buildings with spaces under the eaves or holes in their walls to breed. They also need areas of semi-natural vegetation to provide seeds and insects for them to feed on. 

House sparrows are an indicator of the city’s health

The health of the local house sparrow population is partially a reflection of human respect and interest in the natural world. In addition to demonstrating awareness of nature, two other reasons for caring about the local house sparrow population are:

a) They are listed as a Priority  Species under Schedule 41 of the N.E.R.C. Act, 2006.  This places a formal duty upon Local Authorities to promote their conservation; house sparrows are listed in the published LBAP (Local Biodiversity Action Plan).

b) They are formally defined as highest conservation priority on the ‘Red-List’ (RSPB).

We should play to our strengths!  Brighton and Hove still  supports some house sparrow populations when they have declined so dramatically elsewhere. 

If we do not help to provide house sparrows with a place to live, who will?

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Twitter: twitter.com/BH_Sparrows

Email: bhsparrows@gmail.com   

Photos: Tim Squire, Colin Leeves