Help London’s house sparrows and take part in the RSPB Cockney Sparrow Count 18 June to 12 July!
In the summer of 2002 the GLA and RSPB launched the ‘Where have all the sparrows gone’ survey, which asked residents of London to tell us if they had house sparrows in their gardens or local green spaces. Over 10,000 people responded, giving us valuable information about where they were still to be found, as well as highlighting the plight of this once prolific bird. The results painted a sad picture, with a stark absence of sparrows in the centre of London. The RSPB, in partnership with London Wildlife Trust and Greenspace information for Greater London, are now repeating this survey to see how the sparrow is faring and would welcome your input, and that of your friends, family and neighbours! It’s simple, quick to do and no sightings are just as important. The survey can be done anywhere in Greater London. The information you provide will help inform conservation efforts to help save this iconic London bird.
Simply tell us how many house sparrows you see, or don’t see, in Greater London at any one time between 18 June and 12 July by using the simple online recording form. Why not spread the word to anyone else in Greater London who may be interested? The more people that get involved, the better the information!
For further information and access to the survey see the RSPB website.
Photo by David Darrell-Lambert/Bird Brain UK