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HOUSE sparrow numbers could be hit by the building of new homes on existing urban gardens as they prefer residential areas to parks in towns and cities, research suggests.

Nesting house sparrows select houses with gardens over all other habitats in urban areas, including green spaces such as parks and allotments, according to a study by the British Trust for Ornithology.

The Trust's findings suggest that "garden grabbing", or building on gardens, is likely to be highly detrimental to the species, which has seen numbers tumble by more than 70% since the 1970s and is now red-listed because of concerns about its future.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 1, 2011
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