22 December 2010

Gower Tree Sparrow Project update

Andrew Lucas wrote:
The Gower Tree Sparrow Project has been running for over three years now. The aim is to encourage the species at its only known breeding site in the Swansea/Neath area, in western Gower. Each year, the project produces a short newsletter for participating farms.
Trees Sparrows on feeders in western Gower
 The news for 2010 is not good. Despite our efforts with nestboxes and a feeding station, the birds seem to have disappeared from their breeding colony at Newton Farm, near Scurlage. Tree sparrows do have a habit of inexplicably deserting sites, so we hope that they have just moved to another location nearby.
Tree Sparrow winter feeding site
If anyone sees tree sparrows anywhere within the Swansea and Neath area, I'd be very pleased to hear from them.
email a.lucas@ccw.gov.uk
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2 comments:

Meriwether said...

Similar story in the east, no TS were seen at their usual breeding sites in the Vale of Glamorgan this year despite regular monitoring. The only record we have for 2010 is a migrant at Nell's Pt. Barry in Sept. We may be faced with the fact that TS could well be extinct as a breeding species in Eastern Glamorgan. A sad outlook I'm afraid.

Anonymous said...

Do you think that despite the well meant intentions all this work has actually caused them to move somewhere quieter