SJ8283 : The Elusive Squirrel

taken 6 years ago, near to Morley Green, Cheshire, Great Britain

The Elusive Squirrel
The Elusive Squirrel
The squirrels in the woodland near Styal are much more timid than their urban counterparts (eg SJ9593 : Squirrel at Hyde Chapel (2)). This one was very reluctant to pose for the camera.

The North American grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) was first introduced to Britain and other parts of Europe in 1870 (LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) ), being released merely as a curiosity to satisfy the Victorian penchant for novelty. The resilient and adaptable grey squirrel has found the perfect niche and thrived in our broadleaved woodlands, parks and gardens and has become a widely accepted as a natural part of British wildlife. Indeed, they are so successful that targeted control of grey squirrels is having to be implemented in many areas of the UK where they have become a pest.

Contrary to a common misconception, there is no evidence of grey squirrels chasing away the red squirrel. Grey squirrels fare better than red in deciduous woodland whilst red squirrels survive best in coniferous areas. Climate changes over the last century have meant that the pine forests have retreated north where the climates are still cooler, leaving these areas the best places to find Red Squirrels. In addition wide spread deforestation for agriculture, industry and housing together with changes in tree species planted in recent years have favoured greys, with significant red squirrel habitat disappearing.

LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) - Conservation Issues UK
LinkExternal link - We’re as native as you
LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) - Red squirrel and grey squirrel ecology
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 20 March, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 21 March, 2012
Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Woodland, Forest 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 827 833 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:20.7785N 2:15.6163W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 828 832
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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Sciurus Carolinensis  Grey Squirrel 

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