Helping hand for breeding birds

Bird boxes
Bird boxes

A wildlife charity and a train company have joined forces to protect house sparrows.

The RSPB and First Capital Connect have installed sparrow nest boxes at Sandy Railway Station.

There is already a population of the birds breeding around the old buildings and using the nearby shrubs and bushes for shelter and to forage for food.

House sparrows are in serious decline across the country; between 1977 and 2008 their numbers dropped by 71 per cent in both rural and urban populations. Soon an area of the station will be planted with insect and nectar rich plants, which will help provide a source of food for the sparrows.

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