Parakeets in Borehamwood are being culled

THE Government's environmental body has confirmed it is culling monk parakeets found in Borehamwood.

Four of the South American native birds have been trapped and killed by officers working under The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA).

With a budget of £90,000 of tax payers money, the aim is to eradicate the UK's feral population by the most humane method appropriate.

FERA say this includes both non-lethal and lethal techniques, but due to factors of “feasibility, practicality and logistics of deployment”, the birds in Borehamwood were not transported to aviaries and instead culled.

Simon Richardson, of Mildred Avenue, feels betrayed by this action.

The 49-year-old lives around the corner from a large communal nest in the back garden of a home in Furzehill Road.

He said: “I regard this information from FERA as a total betrayal of previous pledges and promises made by their officers when they stood on my doorstep in February earlier this year and asked if I would have a trap in my garden.

“They assured me that the birds would be trapped and re-homed in aviaries. They promised that none would be killed.

“Now we are told that the first four birds trapped in Borehamwood have been destroyed. The information received reveals the true nature of this project.”

FERA wrote to Mr Richardson in response to a number of enquiries he had made regarding the operation.

The letter was shown to his neighbours Keith and Mave Russell, of Furzehill Road, who have a nest of around 25 parakeets in their garden.

Mr Russell, 67, said he was absolutely disgusted by FERA's actions.

He added: “To use £90,000 in this day and age is terrible. We're meant to be hard up, but they can afford for people in suits to go round and kill these birds is crazy.”

Mr Russell is sceptical the birds are causing any damage in Borehamwood and could not understand why the agency was obsessed with removing the birds from the wild.

Mike Wray, director of operations at FERA, said: “In other parts of their introduced range monk parakeets are causing problems through damage to electricity utility structures and to crops.

“In England, even at their current small population size, they are causing a hazard to householders due to the droppings below their colonial nests. The current and potential problems are likely to become increasingly significant if the population is left to grow.”

Mr Russell said he was finding it hard to place his trust in the agency's opinion the parakeets need to be culled, when it said the only current problem with them is bird droppings.

His wife added she felt the government agency and its partner Natural England had gone about the operation in a sly manner.

She said: “It's absolutely disgraceful that they've treated the birds like that. If they had come and talked to us about how we could keep the numbers down, we would have opened the garden up for them.”

Mr Richardson added: “These people are civil servants working and paid for by the residents of Borehamwood yet it appears that either knowingly or unknowingly they have told untruths in order to persuade residents to have traps in their gardens.

“Surely these kind of tactics are the domain of a dodgy street corner trader operating out of a suitcase, not a Government department?”

The operation continues.

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11:36am Fri 20 May 11

arturon says...

The culling of parakeets is an absolute disgrace. They do not endanger the environment unlike the magpies whose population has got out of hand. Magpies are responsible for killing songbird chicks and are a blight to our countryside.Leave the parakeets alone.
The culling of parakeets is an absolute disgrace. They do not endanger the environment unlike the magpies whose population has got out of hand. Magpies are responsible for killing songbird chicks and are a blight to our countryside.Leave the parakeets alone. arturon

12:27pm Fri 20 May 11

deeborehamwood says...

I said similar but my post was removed!
I said similar but my post was removed! deeborehamwood

12:48pm Fri 20 May 11

Carter says...

I am totally disgusted that they have killed 4 of these Parakeets already, what happened to the promise of re-homing them! I love to see the Parakeets flying around town it adds a bit of colour to this place. What I want to know is exactly what damage have they done to anyone or anything and what is the main reason behind culling them? Probably some one who has nothing better to do than moan about them, surely other birds cause more nuisance but still would not want them culled either every animal has every right to live regardless of us humans who seem to be **** right selfish. I could understand if they were huge birds and causing distruction but they are ver small, beautifully coloured and do not cause any problems. Unlike pidgeons & magpies! STOP THE CULLING NOW!
I am totally disgusted that they have killed 4 of these Parakeets already, what happened to the promise of re-homing them! I love to see the Parakeets flying around town it adds a bit of colour to this place. What I want to know is exactly what damage have they done to anyone or anything and what is the main reason behind culling them? Probably some one who has nothing better to do than moan about them, surely other birds cause more nuisance but still would not want them culled either every animal has every right to live regardless of us humans who seem to be **** right selfish. I could understand if they were huge birds and causing distruction but they are ver small, beautifully coloured and do not cause any problems. Unlike pidgeons & magpies! STOP THE CULLING NOW! Carter

12:50pm Fri 20 May 11

Carter says...

I am totally disgusted that they have killed 4 of these Parakeets already, what happened to the promise of re-homing them! I love to see the Parakeets flying around town it adds a bit of colour to this place. What I want to know is exactly what damage have they done to anyone or anything and what is the main reason behind culling them? Probably some one who has nothing better to do than moan about them, surely other birds cause more nuisance but still would not want them culled either every animal has every right to live regardless of us humans who seem to be completely selfish. I could understand if they were huge birds and causing distruction but they are ver small, beautifully coloured and do not cause any problems. Unlike pidgeons & magpies! STOP THE CULLING NOW!
I am totally disgusted that they have killed 4 of these Parakeets already, what happened to the promise of re-homing them! I love to see the Parakeets flying around town it adds a bit of colour to this place. What I want to know is exactly what damage have they done to anyone or anything and what is the main reason behind culling them? Probably some one who has nothing better to do than moan about them, surely other birds cause more nuisance but still would not want them culled either every animal has every right to live regardless of us humans who seem to be completely selfish. I could understand if they were huge birds and causing distruction but they are ver small, beautifully coloured and do not cause any problems. Unlike pidgeons & magpies! STOP THE CULLING NOW! Carter

7:52pm Fri 20 May 11

cpndesign71 says...

In the previous article about the Monk Parakeets from 27 April it states:
Graham Madge, from RSPB, said: “We support DEFRA in bringing the birds back into captivity. As we understand it, it is not going to be a culling operation and it is unfortunate it has been misrepresented that way in some of the national press. Culling is an absolute last resort.

It really didn't take long to get to a 'last resort'.

These birds are relatively small in numbers and as far as I'm aware have done nothing to warrant a cull. The problems arise when there are huge flocks and they start devouring crops.

This whole exercise seems completely unnecessary and a huge waste of taxpayers money.
In the previous article about the Monk Parakeets from 27 April it states: Graham Madge, from RSPB, said: “We support DEFRA in bringing the birds back into captivity. As we understand it, it is not going to be a culling operation and it is unfortunate it has been misrepresented that way in some of the national press. Culling is an absolute last resort. It really didn't take long to get to a 'last resort'. These birds are relatively small in numbers and as far as I'm aware have done nothing to warrant a cull. The problems arise when there are huge flocks and they start devouring crops. This whole exercise seems completely unnecessary and a huge waste of taxpayers money. cpndesign71

9:51pm Fri 20 May 11

lilyalbert says...

and I agree with all of these comments.
and I agree with all of these comments. lilyalbert

10:58pm Fri 20 May 11

Short But Useful says...

I find the reasons for this cull less than convincing. Any large bird gathering or nest will cause droppings, Magpie's seem to be more common than parakeets, and why are we intent on destroying anything that is living?
An earlier report stated that attempts to capture the birds had failed, then suddenly they are being captured and killed. £90k has apparently been found to do this which may be better spent educating people about or environment and the creatures that live in it. Live and let live in this instance.
I find the reasons for this cull less than convincing. Any large bird gathering or nest will cause droppings, Magpie's seem to be more common than parakeets, and why are we intent on destroying anything that is living? An earlier report stated that attempts to capture the birds had failed, then suddenly they are being captured and killed. £90k has apparently been found to do this which may be better spent educating people about or environment and the creatures that live in it. Live and let live in this instance. Short But Useful

8:33pm Sat 21 May 11

Cimicifuga says...

This cull is inhumane and unnecessary. The locals love to see them flying overhead and their numbers are too small to do any damage. Please seign this petition to stop the cull> http://t.co/UDsJQT3
This cull is inhumane and unnecessary. The locals love to see them flying overhead and their numbers are too small to do any damage. Please seign this petition to stop the cull> http://t.co/UDsJQT3 Cimicifuga

2:48pm Mon 23 May 11

Sasha12 says...

OMG!!!..........that is cruel you wicked wicked people who made you god? they have posed no threat to anyone around here I will sign that petition & I hope you lose sleep over what you are doing how dare you leave these birds alone we want them here!!!........can't you see you are hurting not only these poor animals the man who lost them in the first place through no fault of his own & other animal loving folk!!........Cruelt
y you need to be ashamed of yourselves
OMG!!!..........that is cruel you wicked wicked people who made you god? they have posed no threat to anyone around here I will sign that petition & I hope you lose sleep over what you are doing how dare you leave these birds alone we want them here!!!........can't you see you are hurting not only these poor animals the man who lost them in the first place through no fault of his own & other animal loving folk!!........Cruelt y you need to be ashamed of yourselves Sasha12

3:51pm Mon 23 May 11

Gallifreya says...

Stop the cull now! These birds are beautiful and an asset to Borehamwood. Let them live!
Stop the cull now! These birds are beautiful and an asset to Borehamwood. Let them live! Gallifreya

3:39pm Tue 24 May 11

Cimicifuga says...

This is the full address of the petition. Please pass it on to everyone you know.

http://www.gopetitio
n.com/petitions/stop
-the-parakeet-cull.h
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This is the full address of the petition. Please pass it on to everyone you know. http://www.gopetitio n.com/petitions/stop -the-parakeet-cull.h tml Cimicifuga

3:48pm Tue 24 May 11

cpndesign says...

Good to see Animal Aid promoting this petition now.

Anyone on Facebook or Twitter can follow Animal Aid and share the petition to their friends/followers. Please get this out to as many people as possible so we can stop this unnecessary cull.
Good to see Animal Aid promoting this petition now. Anyone on Facebook or Twitter can follow Animal Aid and share the petition to their friends/followers. Please get this out to as many people as possible so we can stop this unnecessary cull. cpndesign

4:01pm Tue 24 May 11

Cimicifuga says...

Yes, I contacted Animal Aid last night about this and they were brilliant. They got onto it straight away!
Yes, I contacted Animal Aid last night about this and they were brilliant. They got onto it straight away! Cimicifuga

4:23pm Tue 24 May 11

cpndesign says...

@Cimicifuga, hopefully this will get some more exposure now. I'm currently asking known animal welfare supporting celebrities to re-tweet the link to the petition. Fingers crossed.
@Cimicifuga, hopefully this will get some more exposure now. I'm currently asking known animal welfare supporting celebrities to re-tweet the link to the petition. Fingers crossed. cpndesign

4:31pm Tue 24 May 11

Gallifreya says...

I have contacted Animal Aid too and they were indeed very helpful. I have also signed the petition. Let's hope we can all work together and put a stop to this disgraceful cull!
I have contacted Animal Aid too and they were indeed very helpful. I have also signed the petition. Let's hope we can all work together and put a stop to this disgraceful cull! Gallifreya

7:26am Wed 25 May 11

Sasha12 says...

I have put the animal aid link on my facebook also I am disgusted & this needs to be stopped they have been very quiet & shifty about this & told us all a pack of lies
I have put the animal aid link on my facebook also I am disgusted & this needs to be stopped they have been very quiet & shifty about this & told us all a pack of lies Sasha12

7:28am Wed 25 May 11

Sasha12 says...

I have put the animal aid link on my facebook also I am disgusted & this needs to be stopped they have been very quiet & shifty about this & told us all a pack of lies
I have put the animal aid link on my facebook also I am disgusted & this needs to be stopped they have been very quiet & shifty about this & told us all a pack of lies Sasha12

12:36am Fri 10 Jun 11

Vegan Star says...

How sad. I live in Connecticut and Im shocked the US people tolerate the killing of these monk parotts. I was born in Argentina. And as I acclimated to this weather so did they. Our light company the United illuminating kills thousands and thousands a year gassing them at 2 or 3 am as they sleep. It makes me sick. SHAME ON YOU ALL. BASTARDS!
How sad. I live in Connecticut and Im shocked the US people tolerate the killing of these monk parotts. I was born in Argentina. And as I acclimated to this weather so did they. Our light company the United illuminating kills thousands and thousands a year gassing them at 2 or 3 am as they sleep. It makes me sick. SHAME ON YOU ALL. BASTARDS! Vegan Star
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