How to help Sparrows (and other Wildlife)

There are a number of things that can be done to help House Sparrows that may be living close to you. It is generally accepted that the numbers of sparrows is limited by the availibilty of nesting sites and a shortage of insect food to feed their chicks during the nesting season.

A simple way of providing more nesting oppurtunites is to put up nestboxes. A range of suitable nestboxes are available from the RSPB shop: https://shopping.rspb.org.uk/bird-feeders-boxes-tables/bird-houses-nest-boxes/garden-bird-nest-boxes/

The other thing to do is to provide more insect food for the sparrows to feed to their chicks. Try putting mealworms out on a bird table, or better still provide better conditions for insects to thrive. First of all stop using insecticides! Secondly improve the enviroment, and an easy way to do that is to take part in Plantlife’s #NoMowMay# Find out more at https://www.plantlife.org.uk/campaigns/nomowmay/

Of course there are a lot more things you could do to help the Sparrows and lots of other wildlife in and around your garden, and most of them are quite easy to do. To find out more head over to the RSPB’s community project, Nature On Your Doorstep at https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/nature-on-your-doorstep/

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