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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 urban 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’ animal 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 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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