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House Sparrows funding crisis?

The BTO are in the middle of a major national House Sparrow project and have run out of money! The continuation of this research is threatened for want of just ?30,000. They need your help!

The plight of the House Sparrow has generated pages of print in national and local newspapers, letters to editors, features on radio etc. yet this interest has not turned it into cash support for finding the solution. The BTO needs donations (payable to BTO and sent to House Sparrow Appeal, BTO, the Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU) or greater sales of the children`s book Spud Finds a Home (see below).What are the BTO trying to do?

The BTO`s strength is its wonderful team of volunteer birdwatchers. This spring, 14,000 people filled in detailed questionnaires about their gardens, houses and House Sparrows, which will show what House Sparrows are looking for and hopefully explain why they can still be found in some parts of our towns and cities but not in others. A further 1,500 people have taken to the streets, to count birds in randomly chosen areas ? which should give a much better estimate of just how many House Sparrows we still have living in the UK. The third phase of the research is to undertake a survey in the next few months, to try to find out where House Sparrows disappear to in the winter-time.Some facts and figures

* BTO estimates indicate that we have lost 10 million UK House Sparrows since 1970.
* The latest figures for London show that 71% of House Sparrows disappeared between 1994 and 2002 (Breeding Bird Survey ? jointly funded by BTO, RSPB and JNCC).
* The appeal to BTO Garden BirdWatchers raised ?65,000, leaving just ?30,000 to find.Spud Finds a Home

An easy way to support the BTO Appeal is to buy a copy of Spud Finds a Home, a children`s book aimed at 2 to 6 year-olds. This book tells the story of Spud the Sparrow`s search for somewhere to nest ? including altercations with an angry Starling and some unfriendly bees. The book was written by Graham Appleton, BTO Fundraising Manager and Press Officer and contains charming illustrations by Brendel Lang. The cost is ?5 (including UK p&p) and is available from BTO (Spud), The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU. Cheques should be payable to BTO.

For more information please see: http://www.bto.org/appeals/house_sparrow.htm

Please help - the humble house sparrow ? before its too late!

4th July 2014