It’s a problem everywhere I know, but the thorny issue of parking is often overlooked by the over-zealous clampers, jobsworth ticket wardens and ludicrous flaunting of the rules by some. For me, parking is the natural habitat for the ubiquitous species “commodo operor non subsisto hic” or Common No Parking sign.

It is difficult for todays generation to believe that in the early part of the twentieth century this species was almost unknown on British shores. In a matter of less than a hundred years it has acclimatised itself remarkably well, adapting to an increasingly more visually aggressive environment, establishing territories of astonishing magnitude.

In some places, like this one above, these signs have learned to roost together, finding safety in numbers but this has led to interbreeding with some alarming mutations.

This specimen is obviously the offspring of the union between a No Parking sign and company sign; a less than handsome example, but one that displays the aggressive corporate elements that can dominate the plumage.

Others, like this one above have bred with less aggressive signs that actually help the No Parking sign with a supporting display.

One of the main characteristics of the urban No Parking sign is it’s almost compulsive habit of establishing it’s territory in the most inhospitable places, with few prominent features and no natural resources.

Like pigeons, shabby, disfigured or lame No Parking signs can often be found in urban areas, desperately hanging onto their meagre territory.

These specimens were taken in a limited area surrounding a Local Authority approved and maintained reserve where twenty-seven different species were identified, tagged and recorded as part of the King’s Lynn No Parking census 2010.

This is one of an old species that has not managed to successfully pass its genes on through interbreeding. Very few of these elegant and authorititve signs remain in the world, and sightings in the UK are becoming increasingly rare.

These last few show how the species has adapted to the local environments. These are unique to very small areas and these specimens are displaying the unique camouflage that besets them when they reach maturity; signalling their readiness to mate and continue the cycle.

Map of Area covered