There was once a time when sparrows could be spotted everywhere around the city of Bangalore, but today one has to search far and wide to spot this bird. The lack of sparrows in the city led the Biodiversity Conservation India Limited- Zero Emission Development (BCIL-ZED) Foundation to come up with the "Gubbi Goodu" campaign. Gubbi Goodu, which means sparrow house, is a campaign that was initiated by this Foundation in collaboration with the Zoo Authority of Karnataka to promote awareness about this bird as well as distribute specially designed sparrow houses to the residents of Bangalore, free of charge. BCIL-ZED develops environment friendly housing projects in the Bangalore and other cities.
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These little birds are known for bringing a balance in our ecosystems, keeping rodents and insects in check, scavenging waste and pollinating plants. Despite the benefits the Sparrows were branded as pests a few years ago and are now one of the most threatened birds in the world.
What is the root cause for the population of sparrows to decrease this drastically? Dr Harish Narayan, the Sr. Manager of BCIL says "one of the main reasons for sparrows to vanish is the lack of nesting space. Pollution, noise, electric wires, high rise buildings and towers have made their survival difficult."
The campaign was started on March 20th 2011, the World House Sparrow Day. All people have to do is visit the office of BCIL in Sadashiva Nagar and pick up their own sparrow houses. These houses can be hung on trees, kept in terraces and balconies and they make for great gifts too. Apart from houses, adopters can also pick up shrubs, seed balls and a small packet of grains as a token to facilitate nesting for the sparrows.
They have also come up with a free home delivery system, if the orders are placed in bulk for communities and complexes.
The campaign has been receiving a great response from many apartment complexes and the residents of Golden Blossom and Chaitanya Samarpan, Whitefield, will be picking up their sparrow houses this weekend.
With over 12,000 houses already delivered and new orders coming in everyday, Bangalore could get back its title as the haven for house sparrows soon. If you want to be the proud owner of a sparrow house, all you have to do is visit BCIL at #397, 13th cross, Sadashiva nagar, Bangalore, India- 560080 or call +91 84318 48224 for details on the project.⊕