There’s a Ring-Necked Parakeet in the park in Rome. They are so noisy and distracting. They are another example of how our interference in the natural world has caused chaos, with species introduced throughout the world without the natural and age-old balance between predators and prey, diseases and nesting sites.
Whether it’s by the Stoats in Orkney, the Grey Squirrels in Red Squirrel areas, the invasion of Parakeets or the thousands of huge South American Coypu we have eradicated in the UK, humans have caused huge damage to natural ecosystems. Species have become icons of hate. They are labelled as ‘alien’ or ‘invasive’.
That’s unfair. The only truly alien invasive species is people.