Surat: Citizens have been urged to count sparrows around them in a bid to conserve and increase their numbers.
On the occasion of World Sparrow Day which is being celebrated every year on March 20, city-based NGO, Nature Club Surat, aims to revisit their initiative ‘sparrow count’,which it began last year. “We have asked bird watchers, nature lovers and citizens alike to count the number of sparrows they find around them to get an estimate about the status of this eco-sensitive bird species.
“The NGO aims to find out the places in the city where sparrows thrive and prepare a database that will help us to form strategies on how to conserve and raise their count,” said Snehal Patel, president, Nature Club Surat.
“People will participate from their homes, share pictures of sparrows seen around their homes, gardens and societies on our WhatsApp number and email address besides sharing their observations too. This will help us map the sparrow population in the city,” she added.
Last year’s sparrow count exercise saw over 400 citizens joining from across the city who sent their feedback, photos and their observations on the bird.
Sparrows were spotted in 54 sites in different parts of the the city which include Abhva, Athwalines, Althan, Adajan, Bamroli, Bharthana, Bhatar, Begampura, City light, Dindoli, Hazira, Katargam, Pal, Palanpur, Umara, Vesu and Varachha among other areas of the city.