‘No Wonder the Sparrow is Disappearing.’ By N Forde.
Steve Killick is right when he says humans are to blame for what has happened but he then goes on to attribute it to modern building techniques, garden makeovers, unleaded petrol and to farming practices.
This feeble catalogue would be laughable if it was not that being propagated by the RSPB. Please note that there is no mention of the effects of predation on these little birds.
“My own observations and experience are rather different. Ten years ago my London garden had wrens, robins and blackbirds nesting in it.”
Today it is silent yet there is no shortage of seeds or insects and I have put up feeders and nesting boxes. The environment is now far too hostile to sustain small birds.
Any nesting sites are easily accessible to grey squirrels, cats prowl continuously and the monoculture of carrion crows on Clapham Common has spread to local streets. I have watched sparrowhawks wipe out the blackbirds.
I also have a rented garden in Norfolk with more songbirds. “But the bird table there has turned into a breakfast table for these birds of prey.”
The size, urbanization of this small island has long dictated that our biodiversity can only be maintained by a man-aged environment but this is increasingly not the case.
‘We are returning to the survival of the fittest. In order to survive these days a species must be cuddly, glamorous, large, aggressive or televisual.’
Humans are indeed to blame because of their sentimentality, anthropomorphism. Disneyfication, political correctness and plain ignorance.
To the RSPB ‘cull’ is a four- letter word that might offend their animal rights supporters.
“Paradoxically if this was conducted humanely to control pests it would be one of the best ways of protecting some species.”
The direction of our culture will not change.
‘So sadly little brown birds such as the sparrow are doomed.’
Financial Times: 2003 September – By N Forde.
Songbirds-Slaughter; View – Your Lost Birds – & RSPB
NOTE: Along with just – Far Too Many Other Once ‘common’ British -
Photos: House Sparrow – Cheerful & Chirpy song and – Cockney chirrups.
House Sparrow: 2010 – Numbers ‘Dead’ 90%! Heart Breaking UK!
Grey crown. Bustling perky gregarious jolly little House Sparrows. From 1840 taken all over USA Boston New York and around the world.
‘They’ All Manage – To Retain British Sparrows? Not killing them all off!
Maybe ‘they’ just kill off – Keep down their own ‘predator’ species?
House Sparrow: Between 1972 and 1996 - Estimates are that 9.6million –
House Sparrows had ‘disappeared’ – A loss of 65%.
1990 – There were eight sparrows for every garden. 2000 – Only Four –
2010 – DEAD 90%! Sparrows arrived here towards the end of the last ice age nesting in caves cliffs.
“We’ve lived side by side with the Sparrow since man first emerged.” – “Life couldn’t be the same without the Sparrow!”…
‘Every morning at dawn chorus time all across the country they used to form the massed choir.’
Humble Sparrow is increasingly now not even alive.
2000: House Sparrow – Already extinct in Glasgow Birmingham Manchester Edinburgh Bradford Newcastle Southampton. Etc…
Then likely reasons were car pollution emissions killing off the insects on which sparrows feed their offspring in the first crucial days after they hatch. Bad peanuts sold at discount. “These nuts end up releasing toxins that are still deadly to birds. Avoid this bird tables should be cleaned every two weeks and always bin ‘mouldy’ peanuts.”
Help House Sparrows: Allow patches of weeds unmown grass to attract seeds insects. Feed sunflower seeds fruit millet. Moist cut up chicken sausage meat bacon.
They – Need to raise their family under house eaves. Stop blocking them up. Avoid chemicals-sprays pellets killing soft-bodied bugs young House Sparrow chicks eat.
“Have some really dense bushes scrubs for Sparrows to forage roost and hide in from predators.”
House Sparrows struggling to survive alone here in Britain. Q: WHY this disaster in the UK? PLEASE – ASK THEN – ‘Only The RSPB!’
2010 BTO: Numbers Down 90%! UK Slay-Monstrous. On guess what – Damn forever this – Sickly ‘Red-Deadly List.’
“Along with just – Far Too Many other once – ‘common’ – British ‘Garden Songbirds!”
Albert Einstein. “Only two things are infinite the universe and human stupidly and I’m not too sure about the former.”
Rich chestnut crown. White collar cheeks with black spot. Gregarious Tree Sparrows were again Introduced Worldwide.
Shyer and smaller than our house sparrow. More harmonious song very active with permanently cocked tail. Takes to next boxes. Mate for life.
Disastrous Offensive UK – Why? Yet Another – Tree Sparrow-
UGH! Red-Death-List! ‘You may never see them again.’
“These and many more songbirds listed were once part of all our lives.”
Our common ‘garden birds’ along with so many other beautiful songbird visitors from across the seas.
2011: Use Only ‘Recent’ Data. Mostly ALL IS – ’WAY OUT OF DATE’?
Only http://www.songbird-survival.org.uk have – ’present day’ numbers. Percentage loss figures. Read about Songbirds – Our tragic loss…!
Albert Einstein: Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds!
No Wonder Our Sparrows Disappeared – ‘Magpies & Sparrowhawks!’ – RSPB ‘Cull’ 2003 – A Four letter Word!
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