Help keep tabs on para­keets

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

Euro­pean cities are be­ing colonised by para­keets, and re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Brighton want your help in keep­ing tabs on them. It is thought that there are as many as 85,000 Ring-necked Para­keets across the con­ti­nent, with num­bers in­creas­ing all the time. The species is be­ing blamed for the loss of crops in Is­rael, where the bird is now culled, and in Spain it has be­come il­le­gal to breed the species due to con­ser­va­tion wor­ries. In or­der to help as­cer­tain the true scope of any prob­lem, the re­search team is ask­ing mem­bers of the public to re­port any sight­ings of Ring­necked Para­keets to them, us­ing mo­bile apps or web­sites such as Bird­track.

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