When you think of London, it probably doesn’t conjure up images of exotic wildlife. After all, this is a city – and a place principally known for its attractions; shopping avenues, events, and museums. What’s fascinating to know is that in many of London’s parks and green space, guests can get a peek into the local wildlife and bird population. And while it might seem as if there are only a few kinds of birds that can be found in the capital, there is much more variety than perceived.
For instance, it might come as a surprise for you to know that London hosts several colonies of feral parrots. The most common type of these parrots are:rose-ringed parakeets (an afro-Asian species) that can be noticed by their bright green colouration and distinctive red ring around the neck. Interestingly, they’re popular as pets, and can be trained to mimic human speech.
Another popular wild bird species in London are the monk parakeets – which are growing exponentially amongst the native wildlife of London. You might be wondering – how did these parrots end up living wild in London? Well, it’s been accepted that just one breeding pair of rose-ringed parakeets escaped into the wild in the late 80s, before they bred over the years to their current population of 6,000.
If you haven’t decided which accommodation you’re going to book for your stay in London, consider The Montcalm Club. It’s close to many of the aforementioned nature locations, and provides guests with a number of package options. One of them is the Celebration Package London , which includes a complimentary full English breakfast two, a bottle of champagne and chocolates, and a surprise treat.
If you want to see wild parrots in London, you have a number of options. Certain parts of Richmond Park, Kew Gardens, and the parks in Battersea are a few of the places where you can find them. Other places are Woolwich Park, and the Hampstead Garden suburb – among many others. Parks in Central London such as Regent’s Park and Hyde Park do feature abundant wildlife (i.e. swans, ducks, and squirrels) but it’s rare to find any wild parrots at these places.
Due to the presence of the feral parrot population in London, some of the native species have been driven out of the area. As a result, rose-ringed parakeets are currently subject to agricultural controls in order to cap their numbers.