Can someone please help
We have two large bushes crawling up the front of our house and they are full of house sparrows (they're definitely not rare). The poo everywhere, car, driveway and on us. We have two young children and are very worried that they will pooped on or made ill from coming into contact with their excrement. Is there a way I can legally get rid without having to wait for them to leave? I'm not having much look with Natural England and Defra. Should I keep trying?
Not sure why you've written, "(they're definitely not rare)", as every year, they're number 1 in the bird sightings on Garden Birdwatch. i.e. they're very common. They are also not declining in UK. There is some data 'usage' that suggests they are, but that is using timescales that are never going to be favourable for most species that have declined since gardens and hedgerows starting being lost on a large scale. I have lived with house sparrows all my life. I have moved house a few times, but have most extensive knowledge of living with them during the last 30 odd years. I also have offspring (that have now grown up). There have been upwards of 30 sparrows here over the Winter. They're spread out a bit now but still up to 20 around the house and garden. House sparrows have lived in and around people for centuries/millenia. During that time, some people, like you, have had children. Not sure what you're expecting out of Natural England and Defra, unless you live in a working bakery or similar. I have never had an issue with sparrow faeces. I have parked cars under nest sites, next to roost sites etc. I have had them nesting over a front door, over our bedroom window, over the patio etc. Never have sparrow faeces been in evidence. Chances are, if you aren't exaggerating/making it up, it is other species, esp pigeons. There is no law to stop you from stripping your garden of cover/plants. That will make the area more sterile and wildlife free. The only thing to bear in mind is nest sites. Sparrows often nest in cavities and nest boxes. They also build nests in plants, incl ones against the house. Chances are there are no nests in yours though, if you're accurate in saying the bushes are full of sparrows. It will more likely be a gathering site. Children are more likely to pick up bugs from school than entering and leaving their house. Covid has caused an increase in health anxiety. Hopefully, you'll work out that sparrows aren't going to wipe your family out any time soon.
In reply to Tax:
Tax said:If anyone has any helpful advice on how I can move them on legally, please help.
You can't move them on legally. End of.
Our herring gulls are red listed birds. Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.
Just to correct you, I accepted you have house sparrows. My wording is pretty clear on that. What I do not accept is your description of the faeces problem, or that whatever the scale of it is, is caused by house sparrows. Mess on the drive will be pigeons, possibly blackbirds etc. I repeat that I have lived with sparrows for a number of decades, incl all those nest locations I listed prev. At no time have they been leaving trails of faeces everywhere. My help to you was to reassure you that there is not a hygiene problem for your children. Whatever anxiety you have to towards cleanliness, the science doesn't support it, and centuries/millenia of history proves it is unfounded. I hope the responses helped you.
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