Philosophy distilled.

The Sparrow, in particular Passer domesticus the House Sparrow who has lived with humans since we stopped hunter-gathering and started to live in communities, is an often maligned bird but one to whom we at the Sparroworks feel close. The world would be a sad place without Sparrows.

“I imagine no live Yankee would wish now to be without the life and animation of the House Sparrow in his great cities. They are like gas in a town – a sign of progress. I admit the bird is a little blackguard – fond of low society and full of fight, stealing and love-making – but he is death on insects, fond of citizen life, and in every way suitable to be an inhabitant of the New World”
(W Rhodes 1877)

The Way of the Sparrow …

  • It is not the Sparrow’s way to give up … ever
  • The sparrow is a pragmatist, not an idealist – the goal is not always to do the best possible job but doing the best you can with what you’ve got
  • Trust your instincts
  • Never apologise, never explain.  as P G Wodehouse once said “It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort of people take a mean advantage of them”
  • Be cheerful

Adherents of the Way of the Sparrow are entitled to use this graphic on their websites (and anywhere else they care to use it):


“The problem with the decline of the House Sparrow population in northern Europe in recent years was that, because these are such common, background, birds we never paid them any attention, knowing that they would always be there. As a consequence our baseline population data was inadequate and the decline had been going on for years before anyone noticed it”

(from an RSPB document)