Welcome to Wild Parakeets UK. This is the home of my PhD research at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent on the UK's Wild Parakeets.

WHAT CAN CONSERVATION BIOLOGISTS LEARN FROM FROM WILD LIVING PARAKEETS IN THE UK?



The sight of bright green parakeets in parks and gardens in various regions of the UK has become commonplace. Whilst these beautiful birds are not native to our shores, they are considered a welcome addition by many of us, and they are, it seems, here to stay.

These introduced populations of parakeet are thought to have been founded from just a handful of escaped pet birds in 1969. Today, however, the estimated population may exceed 30,000 birds and is possibly one of the fastest-growing of any bird population in the UK.

The growth of the UK parakeet population has been relatively well-documented over the past few decades since these birds first appeared in the UK, providing a valuable study-system for examining the population genetic history of an invasive vertebrate species. I hope that studying the population genetics of this rapidly growing parrot population can provide some insights not only into why populations of introduced species are so successful, but also to help conservation biologists working with endangered species of parrots to understand what factors might be limiting the recovery of those threatened populations.