TREE SPAR­ROWS IN LE­ICES­TER­SHIRE?

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We are for­tu­nate to have Tree Spar­rows reg­u­larly vis­it­ing our gar­den feed­ers this win­ter. They ob­vi­ously love suet pel­lets and of­ten ar­rive in par­ties of up to eight, tak­ing pri­or­ity over other small birds. In view of the re­cent de­cline in Tree Spar­row pop­u­la­tions, is this un­usual for north-west Le­ices­ter­shire?

QTree Spar­rows are one of the UK’S fastest de­clin­ing species, and are be­com­ing an un­usual sight al­most ev­ery­where. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to data from the BTO’S Gar­den Bird Feed­ing Sur­vey, Tree Spar­rows are in­creas­ingly likely to be found us­ing gar­den feed­ing sta­tions. They seem to be mainly at­tracted by seeds of var­i­ous types, suet, and meal­worms, mir­ror­ing their ‘wild’ diet. Tree Spar­rows are no­to­ri­ously fickle, though, and of­ten aban­don seem­ingly per­fect habi­tat. If you want to try to keep th­ese birds com­ing back, carry on feed­ing, and think about erect­ing sev­eral nest boxes for them; It could play a part in help­ing this species re­cover.

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