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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Defra still targetting MONK PARAKEETS

Defra are continuing to apply for licenses to eradicate a population of up to 77 free-flying MONK PARAKEETS in Britain - a species that does no harm to any other species and builds its own nest. Its only crime being that it is noisy.

COSTINGS for the programme - a disgrace

Birds were shot during field trials in 2008 at a cost of £37,000.

Budget for eradication programme 2011-12 = £90,000. The amount actually spent from 1 April 2011 to 19 March 2012 was £52,000 (it is unlikely the other £48,000 was spent in the remaining 2 weeks of the financial year).

Budget for 2012-13 = £43,000 but £58,000 spent

Budget for 2013-14 = £50,000

So far £147,000 has been spent but so far the BUDGET has been £235,000

So far about £2,000 spent per bird with in all with around £3,000 budgeted per bird!