grey squirrel


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grey squirrel

a grey-furred squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, native to E North America but now widely established
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This year, for the first time in the 36-year history of the survey, Big Garden Birdwatch participants were also asked to tell the Denby Dale-based RSPB about some of the other wildlife that visits their gardens throughout the year, including common frogs, red and grey squirrels, badgers and hedgehogs.
It was thought it had been contained in the Borders but spot-testing of grey squirrels in Ayrshire and near Glasgow have had "positive" results.
The landmark case set an important precedent for killing grey squirrels - classified as a non-native invasive species - and could pave the way for hundreds of other prosecutions across the UK.
Joining the grey squirrel amongst the top 100 invasive species globally are rabbits and house mice, both of which are non-native species and were introduced to the UK around 1,000 years ago.
Last year the Department of Agriculture sponsored a cash fund of more than EUR6,500 for gun clubs who shot and bagged 1,364 grey squirrels across the country.
Some gardeners are happy to see these cute furry creatures venture into their plot, as for many people the grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) may be the only wild mammal they see.
Introduced in the middle of the last century to adorn Victorian gardens, the grey squirrel thrived because, unlike the red, it can digests nuts and seeds before they ripen.
It has now been two years since the last grey squirrel was spotted and killed on the island.
Eric Wilton, National Trust countryside manager said: "Over the past two years, the National Trust rangers at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge have been working in close partnership with RSNE to increase grey squirrel control to help red squirrels.
Under the Grey Squirrels (Prohibition of Importation and Keeping) Order of 1937 you can be prosecuted for failing to report a grey on your land.
The grey squirrel can also cause extensive damage to trees through bark-stripping, which affects re-growth and natural tree reproduction in commercial plantations and other forest ecosystems.
The process involves trapping a grey squirrel, then killing them using an air pistol or a blow to the head.