As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 10 September 2017

Britain's native bird populations are suffering - and here's the reason why

The number of parakeets in the UK is soaring, while native species are in decline

16:15, 27 AUG 2017

Parakeets are on the up and up in Britain, with the population here rising by 1,455% in two decades.

The tropical bird is booming while many native birds suffer.

There are 15 times more ring-necked parakeets in the UK than in 1995, says the annual Breeding Bird Survey.

The parrots have been a popular pet since the Victorian era, but have only bred in the wild since the late-1960s, learning to cope with our cold winters.

Many British birds are doing less well, with willow tits down 80% and marsh tits by 41%.

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