Nicky Court, Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre Manager, gives us an update on the House Sparrow and how you can help:
'The House Sparrow is one of several once-common British birds that are now under threat. Their numbers have declined by over 60% in the SE so to help us understand their current distribution and engage with the public, we are asking Hampshire residents to make some simple observations of sparrows in their gardens, school grounds, local parks and green spaces.
'The information we receive will be shared with the Hampshire Ornithological Society and will feed into an ongoing national campaign by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). The survey was launched as part of the Hampshire Bird Festival in March.'
For more information and to enter your sightings online visit www.hants.gov.uk/housesparrow. Recording forms are also available from libraries.