The cheeky house sparrow has undergone a drastic population decline in the UK during the last 25 years. In the east of England, for example, there has been a startling fall in numbers of 90% since 1970. Since 2003 the sparrow has been Included in the Birds of Conservation Concern Red List (high conservation concern).
So it’s just a little bit disappointing to see the dismally search-engine-optimised website Pest Control UK has a whole page on how to eliminate the little chirpers – complete with a winsome little picture of a handsome cock sparrow, in case you really did think they were some monsters pecking the eyes out of baby rabbits or something. To be fair, Pest Control UK are not advocating destroying sparrows, but they do encourage prevention of ingress to buildings – fair enough; and scaring sparrows off their nests – probably illegal. Sparrows are not pests, and you shouldn’t undertake pest control measures against them. They need our help if anything, especially when breeding. Give the sparrows a break.