Squirrel Grey Squirrels:
Squirrels have successfully colonised much of the United Kingdom, since their importation from North America in the late 1800s.  There is an estimated adult grey squirrel population of 2.5 million in Britain despite all attempts to exterminate them with guns, traps and poisons.  Unlike the native red squirrels which are best suited to pine forest habitat, the greys thrive in England's traditional deciduous woodlands. 

The demise of the red squirrel has had little to do with the arrival of Greys.   Red squirrels have struggled over the centuries due to the fact that  Britain is at the extreme edge of their natural range. Their numbers frequently crashed due to disease long before grey squirrels arrived.  Both species have been mercilessly persecuted both by gamekeepers and foresters due to the squirrels' habit of stripping bark in early summer, and taking the odd egg or chick.  For instance Red Squirrels were officially slaughtered in the New Forest up until the late 1920s and a single 'Squirrel Club' in Scotland killed 80,000 in the first three decades of the 1900s.

Many people derive great pleasure from feeding and observing the acrobatics and antics of grey squirrels, while others complain about bulbs being dug up from tubs and flower beds, the raiding of bird tables and feeders, or more seriously gaining entrance to lofts where they can damage electricity cables and wooden beams and joists.

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