Monk Parakeets to be Culled?
There is a chance that Britain’s population of wild monk parakeets could be culled after experts warned it is getting out of control. The colourful birds from the parrot family are native to tropical Latin America but since being released from captivity in the south of England in the 1990s, their population has exploded and they have been labelled as a nuisance by many, posing a threat to indigenous wildlife and to the agricultural industry. There are around 100 to 150 of the birds, mainly in the Home Counties and the outer suburbs of the capital. A spokesman for DEFRA (the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) says only that “control work is being carried out”, whilst the RSPB recognises the threats posed by monk parakeets but is wholly opposed to their being culled. However DEFRA said that culling is only a last resort and they will be looking at other ways of controlling the issue.