'Sparrow and Ivy' Giclée print
'Sparrow and Ivy' Giclée print
'Sparrow and Ivy' Giclée print
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'Sparrow and Ivy' Giclée print

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'Sparrow and Ivy' Giclée print

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%! 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...

Mounted, wrapped and individually signed Giclée print on archival quality 315gsm soft textured paper, made of an original illustration by myself. The overall size of this mounted print is 6 x 6 inches. This print is an open edition.

I use only recyclable and biodegradable materials for posting, even down to my packing tape! All of my clear art card sleeves are made of compostable and biodegradable cornstarch. However, all of my Giclée prints are protected by a cellophane wrap for which there is no clear, acid-free, eco-friendly and biodegradable alternative at this time. Once it has served its purpose, please dispose of the cellophane wrap responsibly. Thank you.

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