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Grey Squirrel

The Grey Squirrel (Sciurus Carolinensis) is not native to the UK and was in fact brought over from North America by the rich and wealthy and kept as domestic pets and eventually introduced into the wild, no body can be certain exactly when this happened but estimations are between 1875 and 1930, efforts were made to prevent the Grey Squirrel from spreading, but this only had a temporary effect on numbers and the Grey Squirrel now occupies most of mainland England and Wales.

The Grey Squirrel does not hibernate and has two breeding seasons per year the first being February - March and the second June - July the litter size averages around three, the young are sexually mature after about 8-10 months. With a life span of 8-9 years in the wild, Grey Squirrel populations can become quite large and in some circumstances have a detrimental effect on other wild life.

There are a number of ways to control Grey Squirrels, trapping, shooting and the use of warfarin (anti-coagulant) but environmental considerations have to be made before the method of control can be chosen.

The Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

A Drey (The nest of a Grey Squirrel)