Naturalised citizens

A sight and sound which has become very familiar in the UK, particulalrly in parts of London, are the flocks of ring-necked parakeets flying and squawking around our treetops. The present population is estimated to be 30,000 birds and rising. They escaped 40-50 years ago, possibly from a zoo or possibly from a film set. There are even rumours that Jimmy Hendrix may have released a pair from his girlfriend's flat. A lot of people are unhappy that these invaders are spreading, certainly the noise they make is rather loud. But there is a more serious accusation: that they are out-competing our native birds for nesting sites. However, research suggests that the UK has enough trees with sufficient holes in them for everyone to nest happily.


Role Contributor
PresenterBill Oddie
ProducerMark Jones
Executive ProducerTim Scoones

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