RSPB asks for one final push from Londoners to help save the Cockney Sparrow

By Culture24 Reporter | 09 July 2012
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The first phase of a fighting plan to help record and then rescue the declining population of urban sparrows in London is entering its final few days. The RSPB is urging the public to help make it a success.

According the RSPB, seven out of every ten sparrows have been lost from the capital over the past two decades. Their Sparrow Watch scheme is asking the public to record how many sparrows they see so they can effectively allocate resources to help them.

Broadcaster, writer, blogger and self-styled Urban Birder, David Lindo, is urging Londoners to spare a few minutes over the next few days to help the cockney sparrow.

"When I was growing-up, sparras were two a penny,” he says. “Did you know that an average adult sparrow weighs about the same as three pound coins? I reckon London has lost millions of pounds worth of sparrows.

“We simply can't afford to lose anymore if we really want to leave a worthwhile legacy for younger generations. The Cockney Sparrow Count is a very simple way to help.”

The survey runs until July 12 and sightings should be returned by July 21.

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