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Grey Squirrel

Observed: 7th November 2012 By: pq75pq75’s reputation in Mammalspq75’s reputation in Mammalspq75’s reputation in Mammals
 Grey Squirrel
Description:

We don't get many in the garden!

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) interacts

Comments

Amadan's picture

Be grateful that -

"We don't get many in the garden!"
Those of us who do regularly play host to them find them not only a nuisance by depleting (and damaging) bird feeders, but being destructive to young trees.
Interesting to watch? Yes. Cute? Undoubtedly. Welcome? Not really!

Gill Sinclair's picture

Definitely cute

Apologies to those that don't welcome grey squirrels, but that is seriously cute!

I have some trees in my garden but none of them young, and I'd happily invest in some squirrel-proof bird feeders, so if any squirrels are reading this they'd be welcome at mine:-)

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
www.gillsinclair.net
Twitter @Gill_Sinclair

Gill Sinclair's picture

Culling squirrels

Just to add - I caught up with the latest episode of the BBC's 'Tales from the Wild Wood' last night, in which the grey squirrel was highlighted as "public enemy number 1" for woods. The wood owner said he'd trapped and shot 429 squirrels over the past 4 years, but then said that they were continually replaced by new animals moving in from the surrounding area. So culling seems a bit fruitless really.
Do red squirrels ring-bark trees by the way? I'm just wondering if there would be a call to cull them if their numbers ever recovered enough?

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
www.gillsinclair.net
Twitter @Gill_Sinclair