he Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri is found naturally in Central and West Africa and the Indian subcontinent, but has escaped or been introduced in numerous other parts of the world, in many of which it has become successfully established (Lever 1987). Feral Rose-ringed Parakeets were reported breeding in Northrepps, Norfolk, as long ago as 1855 (quoted in Lever 1977), and the species was also reported breeding in Epping Forest, Essex, in 1930 and at Lilford, Northamptonshire, in 1931 (quoted in Low 1992). For most of the period 1930-66, the importation of parrots such as the Rose-ringed Parakeet was prohibited, but thereafter feral records began to increase. Breeding was suspected in Southfleet, Kent, in 1969, and was confirmed at two sites on the outskirts of South London in 1971 (Lever 1987). By 1979, there were records from 32 counties, with breeding proved in seven and suspected in many ofhers (Hawkes 1979), and, in 1983, observations in 50 counties with breeding recorded in ten (Lever 1987). In 1986, the British population was estimated at around 1,000, mostly in the southeast of England (Lack 1986), although this figure may be an exaggeration. The species was added to ‘Category C of the British List in 1984 (BOU 1984), with the subsequent decision to treat the race occurring in Britain as ‘undetermined’ (BOU 1991). Rose-ringed Parakeets are extremely popular with aviculturists, particularly on account of the lattcr’s penchant for producing colour mutations, more of which have been created with this species than with almost any
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British Birds – how it works
BB 2000 Ltd, the company that owns and publishes British Birds, is run by a board of directors, all of whom are volunteers. The company employs two full time staff – Roger Riddington is the journal’s editor while Hazel Jenner manages subscriptions and administration – and three part-time design/editorial staff.
The company is wholly owned by The British Birds Charitable Trust (BBCT, registered charity no. 1089422). Neither the company directors nor the trustees are paid for their services, providing their time and enthusiasm because they passionately believe in the value of BB. The Company is managed with a view to making a small profit which can be donated to the Trust to help fund its charitable work.
Over the past six years, this, combined with donations from other sources, has enabled the Trust to give almost £40,000 support to a variety of conservation and educational projects ranging from rat eradication on seabird islands to the study of cuckoo migration, as well as assisting young birders develop their interest.
A full list of projects is given here. The Trust is seeking to expand its charitable endeavours and would welcome donations from like-minded organisations and individuals.