As part of the RSPB’s “Giving Nature a Home” project, they will be creating a sparrow habitat in Maryhill Park. This is in partnership with the Friends of Maryhill Park, Glasgow City Council’s Land and Environmental Services (L.E.S.), and the community.
In recent years, house sparrows have shown a rapid national decline in the UK, decreasing
by around 60% in rural areas. It has been shown that in urban areas, young sparrow chicks often suffer from a lack of insects and other invertebrates in their diet. This leads to their poor development and survival, boosting local numbers of invertebrates can alleviate this.
In response to this, the RSPB ran the “Bringing House Sparrows Back to London’s Parks and Green Spaces” project, to identify the best habitat type for invertebrates, and by extension, house sparrows.
Wildlife seed plot in Maryhill Park
The research established that wildlife seed plots were an excellent habitat for invertebrates and the RSPB has been identifying sites within Glasgow suitable for wildlife seed plots. One of these sites is in Maryhill Park. The area identified is near to the playpark, and it will be seeded with a mix that will provide a fantastic display of flowers. This should all happen before the end of April 2015. The site will be maintained by the Friends of Maryhill Park, with guidance from the RSPB and L.E.S.