Solar panels and bird nests

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Solar panels and bird nests

  • In our street a lot of houses have the solar panels fitted. I have just been outside and noticed that the sparrows are taking nest material behind the solar panels on to the ledges that hold the panels. Might this boost sparrow and starling populations. Anyone else notice this?

  • Interesting. I believe that one of the theories (but not the only one) for the decline in the House Sparrow population is the loss of suitable places for nesting. The housing stock is so much better maintained these days that there aren't the nooks and crannies for them to make their nests. You never know but this may be one of the better unintended consequences of the things that we do. Let's hope so.

  • I don't know a lot about solar panels. Do they get hot? If so I hope the sparrows don't cook!

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    Do they get hot? If so I hope the sparrows don't cook!

    Good point. By necessity they have to face south. Let's hope the sparrows know what they are doing.

  • Really interesting. I can see some roof solar panels from the back of my house where I work - will have to keep an eye open to see if the sparrows follow suit - another distraction to add to my long list. As point of interest, the only birds that haven't been to look at my lovely Sparrow Terrace nest box is.....yes, you guessed - the sparrows.