Here's an extract form the news item:
They say the sparrow’s decline in suburbia is likely to be explained by the popularity of non-native species such as Leylandii hedges, the removal of native trees and hedges and the conversion of front gardens for parking."
While I am sure that the research is valid and has been properly validated, I must admit that I am convinced that this tells only part of the story. Here in St Margaret's I was pleased to note that there was a very healthy population in our area. Four winters ago I counted up to 40 in the garden on many days. The numbers have certainly dropped in the last few years and so far this autumn I've seldom seen more that two or three at a time.
I did look at the information board by the lake. It bright and glossy but it's so disappointing to see that it is rubbish. What purpose do they serve. You would hope that it was it inform and in a small way educate.
Even worse is this bit. Two mistakes in one. The picture is of a Coot, not a Moorhen and once again the can't spell, Moorhen is one word. (At least they've put the spelling of Pipit right on their WEB site since I wrote to them).
Ironically I couldn't see any Moorhens (or coots) on the lake, but just over the fence there were at least eight around this little pond on the farm next door.