Just seen my first ever Grey Squirrel.
I know that they are bad for the red squirrel population but why? If they are more destructive at nut gathering etc., then why is it just the reds that are most affected and not other nut gathering species (or are they)? Or is it a disease thing.
Yes, could google it I suppose.Posted 6 years agoyunkiMember
apparentyly they are more cleverer and will steal red squirrels nut stashes so the poor little ginger ones wont have any food left. im sure theres other reasons too but i remember that from tv the other day
I think it’s something to do with oil reserves and forceably introducing capitalism and christianity..Posted 6 years agosteviousMember
The greys carry some kind of pox that doesn’t affect them but is fatal for red squirrels. They’re also a bit craftier and steal the reds’ food.
There’s a *theory* kicking about that greys don’t establish wherever there’s pine martens about because they’re easier prey than the reds. Interesting idea, but difficult to prove in practice.Posted 6 years agonickcSubscriber
Parapox, the virus that kills red squirrels is more common in cattle than it is in Greys. And recently reds have been turning up in labs with signs of infection and recovery anyway. Greys will outcompete Reds because they’re less fussy about what they eat, where they live, and they have more and stronger babies.
The real killer of Reds is us. They’re very very selective about where they live and what they eat, and we’ve been very busy cutting down their habitat for the last god knows how long, but then Greys don’t have very good lawyers so their look out…Posted 6 years agoboxelderSubscriber
From the BASC:
Methods of Control
At different times of the year the control of squirrels can take different forms. With the leaf off the trees, winter is a good time for shooting.
Drey poking can be effective, especially on cold winter days,. A team of four, with two working the poles and two covering the tree can spend a day clearing a lot of dreys in a wood. When all the dreys are cleared from a wood in winter it becomes easy to spot i new ones made in the summer.
There are a few rules you must adhere to when carrying out this activity. Safety is paramount; guns should stand well back from the tree. When using the poles tap the bottom of the drey gently, this will allow the squirrel to run out slowly, it will probably stop just outside which will give the guns time to shoot. Never shoot at a squirrel running down a tree, it is better to either let it run down and run away from you or stop it and turn it back up the tree. Remember you are aiming to cull squirrels, so be efficient and effective.
Never shoot at a squirrel running down a tree
may become my new mantraPosted 6 years agoIdleJonSubscriber
stevious – Member
There’s a *theory* kicking about that greys don’t establish wherever there’s pine martens about because they’re easier prey than the reds. Interesting idea, but difficult to prove in practice.
That doesn’t really make sense because the martens would just move into the area with ‘easier’ prey, given no barrier.
stucol – Member
Now Pine martins are a lot rarer. Only ever seen one and that was up at Rothiemurchas.
I am fairly certain I saw one near the beach in Swansea. I had a very good view of it. The only reason that I’m not 100% certain is that we are not supposed to have pine martens here….Posted 6 years ago
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