Beware parakeet damage to trees

 

Parakeet damage to Ash with Tree Preservation Order Loftus Road

Close of of branches striped of leaves + bark by parakeet Loftus Road

Close of of branches striped of leaves + bark by parakeet Loftus Road

When feeding birds on a large scale, beware of encouraging large numbers of parakeets to feed as they tend to gather on trees which they will damage.  They strip the leaves and the bark leaving branches to die which poses a safety risk.  Hammersmith & Fulham Council have been unable to prevent retired neighbour from feeding the parakeets which have caused this damage to a protected tree.  It should be covered with leaves like the surrounding trees, not striped bare by over 50%.

 

http://www.denhaag.nl/en/residents/to/Parakeets-devastate-chestnut-trees-by-Hofvijver.htm

6 Chestnut trees had to be felled in The Hague due to parakeet damage as they posed a safety risk to the area, Feb 2013

 

http://www.treehelp.info/damage-alerts/173-tda146-not-such-a-pretty-polly-then
Reports of parkeet damage to Chestnuts + Oaks by the Arboricultural Advisory and Information Service, Dec 2011

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Parakeets strip London Plane tree bare, June 2010