Gubbi Goodu: Initiative to save sparrow population in Bangalore
Gubbi Goodu is an initiative to save the dwindling sparrow population in the city. The group plans to distribute sparrow homes to bring about an awareness about sparrow conservation.
A lot has been done to bring about an awareness about sparrow conservation in the last few years and one such novel initiative is ‘Gubbi Goodu’. It is a campaign to step up awareness on the humble but ubiquitous sparrow and thus to increase their dwindling population in the city. Sparrows, which have been an intricate part of the city’s environment, are now practically unseen owing to urban development eating up their nesting space. Bangalore, which was once a haven for sparrows, with its shrubs and bushes, typical nesting spaces for these little birds, is increasingly being stripped off its green cover.
Additionally, man-made threats such as the rising numbers of mobile phone towers and microwave pollution, pollution, noise and electric wires have made the sparrow’s survival all the more difficult. The Gubbi Goodu effort is expected to invite them back and help them nurture more offspring. Gubbi Goodu started by BCIL-Zed Foundation and Zoo Authority of Karnataka will distribute ten thousand sparrow houses to be to the citizens of Bangalore. An e-book will be made available to those who take these bird houses in order to help them understand how to nurture sparrows.
Hariharan Chandrasekhar, Chairman of BCIL Zed says, “We strongly believe that a lot can be done at an individual level to save Mother Earth and her many wonderful creations. We are particular about sparrows because their disappearance has a direct bearing on the degraded environment we are living in. In fact, in the UK, real estate value is high in places where bird population is high – a true indicator of healthy environment.”
He further adds, “The sparrow homes can be set-up in balconies, verandahs, hang it down from pergolas, or even put it up on a tree. One could also place inside the sparrow home, a bird bath or a bowl of water, or even a little unsalted cooked rice. Apart from giving away bird houses, we also plan to distribute flowering and fruiting shrubs, seed balls, and a small packet of grains. If the response is good, the number of sparrow homes will be raised to one million sparrow homes in the next one year.”
Earlier grandmothers used to sit in the courtyard and separate grains from stones and husk. Today, small shops are getting replaced with supermarkets with manufacturing set-ups elsewhere. Grains are hard to find for the sparrows. Reminiscing the old times M N Jayakumar, Additional Chief Conservator of Forests, says “The house sparrow was one of the most abundantly found birds in the world. Common birds like the sparrow are bio-indicators of our ecosystem and the rapid decline of house sparrows in our neighborhood are indicators that we have become insensitive to the environment. Rapid urbanization, concrete homes replacing the conventional homes, excessive use of pesticides and no proper place for nesting has contributed to the decline of the sparrow population.”
If you are interested in procuring a sparrow house, BCIL has set up a helpline - 84318 48224. To know more about the initiative log on to http://gubbigoodu.in/