Tree Sparrows Doing Well

28th August 2008, Thursday

The tree sparrow colony here at Dungeness RSPB goes from strength to strength and is now worthy of its title ‘colony’. Three years ago, 15 nestboxes were put up on 3 short telegraph poles around the Boulderwall Farm area. 7 pairs bred that year, last year about a dozen pairs and this year 25 pairs! They are now using additional boxes around the farm buildings as well as a purpose-built ‘condominium’, built by one of our volunteers, containing 16 separate nest chambers! It has been great to see these once common birds every day I’m at work.