Natural England insisted this is not a call to arms:
You have got to have good reason to get rid of them, and you have to demonstrate the damage they cause. It doesn’t mean anyone can take pot shots at parakeets in parks. The dispatch can only be done by the land owner or someone authorised.
Some other species have been added to the list and these are monk parakeets, Canada geese and Egyptian geese. These join Rooks, Magpie and Crows.
Two native species have been removed from the list, these are Herring Gull and Greater Black Backed Gulls.
Although some farmers and landowners are concerned they will no longer be able to shoot Greater Black-backed Gulls, which they say threaten poultry and young lambs. They claim it takes too long to fill in a form and apply for special authority.