'Sparrow and Ivy' card
'Sparrow and Ivy' card
'Sparrow and Ivy' card
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'Sparrow and Ivy' card

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Many of us may enjoy frequent visits from house sparrows to our gardens in the UK, but house sparrow populations have fluctuated greatly over the centuries, with a gradual decline over the last 100 years. The causes for the rapid declines in recent years, particularly in urban and suburban areas, remain largely undetermined but declines in rural house sparrow populations are thought to be linked to changes in agricultural practices, particularly the loss of winter stubbles. Spilt grain and weed seeds in stubble are vital food for seed-eating birds throughout winter. Leaving stubble until early spring will allow a variety of arable plants to develop, providing food and cover for insects, birds and small mammals. House sparrow numbers were not well monitored before the 1970s but since then numbers in rural England have almost halved while numbers in urban areas have declined by as much as 60 percent! Due to large population declines, the house sparrow is now red-listed as a species of high conservation concern. Although the male house sparrow with his chestnut brown back, black patterning and grey underbelly is quite distinctive, the female house sparrow has more of a grey-brown and buff colour palette and can sometimes be confused with dunnocks. Many sparrows visit the feeding table near my studio in Lanlivery. They enjoy chirping and flicking about the seeds with their beaks, swooping down to feed together and then fleeting all at once...

'Sparrow and Ivy' card

Perfect for any occasion, this card is blank inside and is made from an original drawing by myself. This card has been printed in the UK on 125 x 125mm 290gsm card and supplied with a brown 100% recycled envelope. This card will be sent wrapped in a glassine paper sleeve which is 100% recyclable! All of my cards are now sent without plastic cellos to help cut down on single-use plastic waste. Glassine is a translucent, smooth, and slightly glossy paper that is air, water and grease resistant. All of my art cards are fully biodegradable and printed on recycled card. All of my packaging materials are also recycled, biodegradable, and plastic-free - even down to the tape!

I am a proud business supporter of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

This design is also available as a Gicleé print.