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Ring Necked Parakeet: A Common Blight in the UK
The Ring Necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) is becoming more and more of a nuisance to those living in the UK, particularly to those living in Greater London and surrounding areas. Their main population seems to be concentrated around south-east England with strongholds in places such as Surrey, Kent and Sussex. This does not mean that the Ring Necked Parakeet is a bother to only these areas, for flocks have been seen in every county in England as well as reaching to Wales and the borders of Scotland.
It has now been estimated that the annual breeding population of this species has grown to approximately 8,600 pairs. Because they are hole-nesters, they are constantly looking for holes to get into. Many of them will settle into the rafters of people’s homes. Their large and powerful beaks are able to chew through beams and piping and they can do a lot of damage in a small amount of time.
The Ring Necked Parakeet is very noisy and aggressive and they have been known to wipe out entire gardens and vineyards very quickly.
If you find them hanging around your home and garden it is best to call a professional pest control service in your area. Trying to deal with these birds on your own can cause problems. They are very aggressive birds and only a trained professional pest control specialist such as ours will know how to handle the situation and the problems associated with this specific species properly.