• Red squirrels are now an endangered species but at one time they could be found all over the UK
  • The non-native grey squirrel was first introduced to England from America in the late 1870s
  • The grey squirrel is the primary cause of decline of the red squirrel
  • Over 60% of grey squirrels in England and Wales are estimated to carry the squirrel pox virus
  • It is estimated that without action red squirrels will become extinct in England within a decade
  • Squirrel pox virus was first recorded in Cumbria in Spring 1998
  • Grey squirrels are more opportunistic feeders and will strip an area of natural foods before red squirrels have a chance to eat
  • Grey squirrels eat seven times more than red squirrels

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