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24/09/2007



RED SQUIRREL

On our recent visit to Jersey I was very keen to see more of our lovely native red squirrel, on our last trip I only saw one, but true to nature not a single one was to be seen during our whole break away. After telling myself I was not going to see one on this occasion, much to my surprise on our early morning run back to the airport I saw two in different locations, if you have never seen one they are much smaller than the grey squirrel and just like Squirrel Nutkin from the Beatrix Potter tales.

Unfortunately these endearing little creatures have found themselves on the UK endangered species list and without conservation could become extinct within the next 20 to 30 years. This is due to a combination of causes which include being under threat from the increasing numbers of the introduced American grey squirrel, the deadly squirrel pox virus carried by the grey and a loss of woodland habitat.

It is estimated that only 140,000 remain, compared to 2.5 million greys.

3 comments:

threadspider said...

Welcome back and trust Jersey was lovely. You are so lucky to have seen red squirrels. I have never yet seen a truly wild one.

Gigibird said...

What a lovely photo:)
Hope you have a nice break?

farmingfriends said...

The photograph is great. Hope you had a good time. An interesting post. Sara from farmingfriends