Call to protect common bird species

World Sparrow Day observed in city

Updated - March 21, 2018 08:11 am IST

Published - March 21, 2018 01:02 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM

Schoolchildren take a look at the bird nests made of coconut shells,  in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

Schoolchildren take a look at the bird nests made of coconut shells, in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

Heavy usage of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and concretisation of urban and rural areas are some of the main reasons behind the decline of house sparrows, according to K. Rambabu, member of Rythu Mitra Foundation.

Speaking on the occasion of World Sparrow Day at an awareness programme held by Paryavarana Margadarsi Vaisakhi (PMV) at Visakhapatnam Public Library on Tuesday, Mr. Rambabu stressed the need for more conservation measures and research on common bird species and urban biodiversity. ‘Green’ activist Usha Gajapathi Raju said the house sparrow is a member of food chain and food web and helps in pollination of many plants.

“They eat larvae of many insects and protect us from many diseases which are life threatening. They also help farmers by eating the insects in the farms. By bringing it back, we are safeguarding our children’s future for a green and healthy environment. The sparrows have increased in my locality I started my kitchen and roof-top vegetable gardening at my house,” she added.

The Paryavarana Margadarsi Vaisakhi team has identified a few places in the city where house sparrows were thriving well and has started an awareness campaign. “

At the programme, clay bird nests and water bowls were distributed to school students.

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