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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

RSPB support capture but NOT culling of non-naturalised MONK PARAKEETS

http://www.borehamwoodtimes.co.uk/news/localnews/8994379.Invasive_parakeets_could_be_culled/

http://www.borehamwoodtimes.co.uk/news/9037618.Parakeets_are_being_culled/

Rex

Many, many thanks for providing these very interesting links and I am pleased to say the RSPB stand by their comments published in the article (that is, they do NOT sanction any KILLING of these birds or CONTROL). Defra however have other ideals and I would like to know IMMEDIATELY when anyone either sees, hears of or sees published ANY eradication of this species in Britain.

T-Mobile have repeatedly applied for permission to kill 8 Monk Parakeets which are breeding on a phone aerial at a school site I monitor but with the help of the head teacher chair and local people within the council, a license has been refused. By way of mediation, permission was granted to take the nesting chamber down and although this has now been done twice, the Monks return and rebuild the colonial nest.

Defra also exaggerate the population - it is an absolute maximum of 77 birds, with 51 of these in Borehamwood - all emanating from Russell's aviary and in fact still nesting within five colonies in his and neighbouring gardens (which Defra cannot enter without permission). They are actively attempting to capture the population but I do not know what they propose to do with any individuals they catch (none caught as far as I know thus far)