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RICHARD WILLIAMSON'S COLUMN: SPARROW AS PRIZED AS TIGER.

Byline: RICHARD WILLIAMSON

I SAW a sparrow in the middle of Birmingham the other day and was so surprised that I stopped to watch it for five minutes. What was once one of the commonest of birds is now so rare it has been put on the Red List of endangered species. Numbers have more than halved in the past 25 years. So have the starlings that once swirled in vast flocks over the city centre. We are rightly concerned about the fate of tigers and whales but sometimes fail to recognise the crisis on our own doorstep.

If we are not careful, the only sparrow that future generations see will be stuffed and standing forlornly next to the extinct great auk in the city museum.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 18, 2002
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