SD7915 : Squirrel at Summerseat Island

taken 26 days ago, near to Summerseat, Bury, Great Britain

Squirrel at Summerseat Island
Squirrel at Summerseat Island
A Sciurus carolinensis (grey squirrel) on a tree near Brooksbottoms Viaduct. Although named “grey squirrels”, They have no grey hairs in their fur. Instead, brown, black, and white hairs mix together for a grey look. Indeed, some Greys develop a decidedly red appearance.

The North American grey squirrel was first introduced to Britain and other parts of Europe in 1870 (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 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, widespread 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 - Conservation Issues UK (archived 13 December 2012)
LinkExternal link - We’re as native as you
LinkExternal link - Red squirrel and grey squirrel ecology (archived 13 November 2012).
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Date Taken
Thursday, 22 April, 2021   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 24 April, 2021
Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Woodland, Forest 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 792 150 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:37.9099N 2:18.8792W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 792 150
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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