Careful with that Butt, Eugene

To: "Wendy" <>
Subject: Careful with that Butt, Eugene
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2009 15:06:12 +1000

If the sparrows did use the dog ends for nesting material, they would certainly have pest-free nests. Nicotine is a very effective insecticide, and was widely used in home gardens. The low LD50 of nicotine would make it a fairly hazardous nesting material. Fortunately sparrows don't live long enough to be worried by the carcinogens in those tarry butts.


Carl Clifford

On 20/05/2009, at 2:55 PM, Wendy wrote:

If this is actually true (- I have trouble believing sparrows would use cig
butts - but I guess my locals are well supplied with feathers from my
chooks! Round here (inner Melbourne) it is the Mynahs that collect litter -
mostly plastic film, including lots of the plastic crap from cigarette
packages that grubby smokers also like to dump! to build their nests) maybe we have an alternative explanation for sparrow decline in UK - Nicotine (and all the other thousands of chemical nasties) poisoning of nest building
birds and their chicks!!!


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