With all the crazy stress and noise that daily life has been throwing at us lately, we all need to get outside into nature to relax and unwind. A great way to do that from the comfort of your own home is to get into Birding, get an identification guide and try find out what types of birds visit your garden or that you see in daily life. One type that you will definitely find is the House Sparrow and despite being the most common bird around, their numbers are declining massively!
Today’s episode is with Harry Munt, a passionate birder and a student of wildlife management, who has set up a group that aims to stop the decline of House Sparrows in modern and urban environments. There are well over a billion individual birds that cover the earth and are the most common bird most people see, yet their numbers are dropping fast! They have a hidden link with humans, some of the first human remains being found with Sparrow bones shows a species long connection with humankind. They also play a big part in controlling pests and diseases, the Great Chinese Famine of 1959-1961 is the perfect example of the importance these birds play and why it is so important that they are able to survive and continue into the future. You can find out more about Harry’s work on SaveTheHouseSparrow.com or on Instagram or Twitter with the handle @save_the_house_sparrows.
Enjoy the episode and let us know what you think of it! Do you see many House Sparrows where you live?
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03:00 Welcome to the show! Tell us about House Sparrows and your organization 05:39 House Sparrows in North America and how they spread
08:16 They are very social but get aggressive
10:25 Social structure
22:25 Do they mate for life?
24:07 They use beneficial plants
25:50 The origins of House Sparrows and how they spread all over the world 29:44 Pest control and the Great Chinese Famine of 1959-1961
36:17 European House Sparrows
39:30 Why they are in decline
40:47 Mining with birds
42:58 Bugs don’t hit your windshield anymore
46:06 Urban and modern issues
48:13 Hedges are great for House Sparrows
49:49 Sparrow Hawks
55:48 Predators keep the population healthy
57:15 How you can stop your cats killing birds
59:10 What do Sparrows talk about when they sing and shout?
01:03:12 What things is your organization doing?
01:08:55 What law changes would you like to see?
01:11:00 What can we as the public do?
01:12:40 How to put up birdboxes 01:17:50 How can people reach you? 01:21:44 Thanks Harry!