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History

Introduced from the USA to approximately 30 sites in England & Wales between 1876-1929. It is common throughout England and Wales, south of Cumbria and locally in Scotland.

Biology

As its name implies, this species has a grey back and tail. The flanks are sometimes reddish. They has small ear tufts which are often unnoticed. The tail is 19-25cm long, it has a weight of 450-650g. Mating: It has three or four litters per year, each litter an average size of three. The range can however be one to eight.

Pest Status

The grey squirrel is a serious pest of plantations, where it causes serious damage by stripping bark from tree trunks during the months of May, June and July. It causes problems to market gardeners and damages parks and gardens where cereals, vegetables and fruit can be taken. In urban areas squirrels can access roof spaces via building defects and cause damage to roof timbers, electrical wiring and plumbing.

Control

Include: Shooting and drey poking, trapping using cage and spring traps, and the use of poison bait.

 

 
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