NY8563 : Culled Grey Squirrels near Elrington

taken 7 years ago, near to Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, Great Britain

Culled Grey Squirrels near Elrington
Culled Grey Squirrels near Elrington
At one time a common sight on farmland was to see moles, crows, jays "displayed" in this way. With bird protection only moles appear to suffer this fate. This is the first time I've seen Grey Squirrels "displayed" in this way. I don't disagree with the culling of Greys (a way of preserving Reds) but wonder why moles or Greys have to be strung up in this manner.

I always presumed the purpose of such "displays" was to encourage other moles (or whatever unwanted species) to keep away and warn them of their likely fate if they stayed around, but have no idea whether that was effective - James Yardley

This practice dates back to when the mole (or other vermin) catcher was, and possibly still is, paid by the number caught and hanging them on a 'gibbet' provided evidence - Jonathan Kington
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 11 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 20 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 8573 6339 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:57.8958N 2:13.4645W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 8574 6337
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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