Wild parakeets seen as a threat in the UK

I think these are just one particular species of parakeet, the monk
parakeet which can apparantly cause damage to electricity pylons. The
ever increasing rose ringed or ring necked parakeets that we see fly
overhead on a daily basis shoudn’t be affected by any cull. They might
be able to be shot like pigeons , though, if crop farmers are affected
and apply for a license to do so. The local parakeets are a bit noisy
as in raucous, so it would be a shame in some ways if they kept on
increasing and drowned out the native song birds.

Wild parakeets seen as a threat in the UK
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Wild parakeets seen as a threat in the UK

Because of damaging food
crops and being a threat to native wildlife, parakeets in Britain
living in the wild may be culled. Originally from South America
they were released from captivity in the 90s and the grey, yellow
and green birds are living in the south of England.

There are only between 125 and 150 that live in the entire UK
nevertheless the decision to exterminate them has been taken but
conservative groups are calling for them to be re-homed instead of
being shot.

The Department of Environment’s Food and Rural Affairs
said that as part of the Defra initiative control is being done to
eradicate the potential threat imposed by the parakeets to the
native wildlife, crops and national infrastructure. Significant
damage has been done by the species in other countries through
their activities of feeding and nesting so early preventative
action is being taken to stop the same from happening in the
UK.

These parakeets build very large communal nests and could cause
a threat to the agriculture and our safety since they could cause
structural problems with the national electrical supply, said The
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds but they should not be
shot.

Andy Roberts
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