DEFRA has confirmed that the UK?s population of South American monk parakeets is to be removed from the wild.

The feral birds have lived in the UK since being released from captivity in the 1990s. Supporters of a cull point to evidence from the USA, where the bird caused great damage to national infrastructure and crops, and say that similar damage could be caused here if nothing is done to prevent it.

Monk parakeets build huge communal nests, sometimes as big as six feet across, and those built on electricity pylons in the USA have caused power cuts, particularly when the nests become wet from rain.

The rest of this article appears in 4th May issue of Shooting Times.

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