The London Wildlife Trust has opposed the placing of both birds on the list, while the RSPB has suggested that there is a need for more evidence of the impact the parakeets have outside urban areas. And amongst Londoners, opinion is divided. The parakeets were once called "the grey squirrel of the skies" - an apt description. Like the grey squirrels, they're a non-native species which has become dominant, displacing native species. And like the grey squirrel you either love them or you hate them.
Me? Well, I'm the one who feels guilty if she kills a few red spider mite, so you can imagine ... But as I said in a recent post, I love seeing grey squirrels in the garden - and I guess that goes for the variety from the skies too.
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How do parakeets survive in the UK? BBC Website
Is it time to start culling parakeets? The Guardian
Britains's naturalised parrot now officially a pest The Independent
Statement on Monk and Ring-necked Parakeets Natural England
No open season on shooting parakeets, says RSPB Wandsworth Guardian
Are parakeets threatened with control? London Wildlife Trust