Shooting parakeets on general licence from next year means parakeets will have the same legal status as pigeons, crows and magpies.

There are said to be around 45,000 parakeets in the UK, with 90% of those established in the London area

Parakeets have been added to the general licence as they threaten song birds, fruit crops and public safety, Natural England has said.

However, a sokesman from Natural England added: “As a species they are still protected, but there will be circumstances where people can take control measures.”

The red-beaked, emerald green parakeet is originally from the Himalayas, and the UK’s population is increasing at a 30% per year.

The main areas of parakeet population density are in south-east England, especially Surrey, Richmond, Kew, Middlesex and Heathrow.

People wanting to kill the birds to control their numbers must currently apply for a ‘personal licence’ from Natural England first.

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  • linda

    I CANNOT BELIEVE SHOOTING OF THESE BIRDS IS TO BE ALLOWED WHY ON EARTH ARE’NT THEY LEFT ALONE!I LIVE IN STAINES AND WE HAVE MANY IN THE AREA WHAT NONSENSE THEY THREATEN OTHER BIRDS I HAVE HAD THEM ASWELL AS ROBINS, BLACKBIRDS, TITS ALL IN THE GARDEN AT SAME TIME AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANY ATTACKS!! SEEMS LIKE THE POLITICALLY CORRECT MOB ARE OUT IN FORCE AGAIN..I AM DISGUSTED