Sparrows have lived alongside humans longer than any other wild bird. But we haven't always tolerated them. During WW1, Rat and Sparrow clubs were formed in order to 'save food for human consumption.' Hundreds of thousands were killed. 3d was paid for a fully fledged bird, 2d for an unfledged bird and 1d for an egg. Their decline has continued and now they are on the Conservation Red List, meaning they are a species in need of urgent action.
Thankfully, they seem to be doing well in my garden. They're my favourites.