Wow ! ..... we were talking about the Parakeets on here a couple of days ago, after someone mentioning them. Im sitting here watching the BBC news, and there is an article about them on the telly news. Spooky !
Steven. ps. Iv already been asked..... "Can we go and see the ones in Glasgow?" :-)
Saw an egret in Suffolk 16yrs ago. Then yesterday saw one on the bank of the river Ribble nr Preston. First in Dorset at end of 1980s and bred in 1996 according to some.
Bird populations are cyclic. Don't see house sparrows much, tree sparrows became common place, now they have dwindled. Wet snaps at the wrong times can play havoc as well as all the other crap (like pesticides and the continual decimation of habitat by concrete) thrown at them by humans.
We get foxes every night too and they always seem healthy enough - better nick than the ones you see in more urban areas anyway. As with any wild animal if you put food out regularly for them they will call in and eat it.
Everything is welcome in our garden apart from rats and squirrels, and it's odds-on you will get both if there is food around to attract them. Rat poison keeps them under control and the air rifle sorts out the squirrels. Two more have just started appearing in our garden so in a week or so we will have killed about forty.