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THE HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus)

House Sparrow by Sandra Palme

SPARROWS have a long association with man, even recorded 2000 years ago in the Holy Bible. Yet in the last 3 decades their numbers have drastically fallen in this country to the extent that they are now a red listed protected species. Surely if any bird needed human support with additional feeding in our gardens and extra nesting sites then it is the SPARROW. These birds are gregarious and will readily nest close to each other, so you can put up more than one nest box for them. SPARROWS are sensitive to disturbance at nesting time, so choose the quietest least frequented side of your property to site the box. It is also worth keeping in mind that HOUSE SPARROWS rear up to four broods per season so it is advisable to leave the nest boxes undisturbed until you clean them out in November.

It is noticeable that in the modern urban garden and house there simply aren’t the holes and cavities available to the SPARROWS even though they are present around your neighbourhood. So you can make the difference by placing some nest boxes for them to rectify the deficit and change their breeding prospects.

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Small nesting box no. 4
• 24cm in height
• 16cm wide
• 16cm deep
• 32mm entrance hole
• Capacity 6.14 litres