Grey Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis

Description:
Grey Squirrel
Facts:

This rather charming creature has been the object of much rage amongst landowners and naturalists in the UK. Since its introduction it has caused much damage to timber by bark gnawing. It has been disliked by conservationists as it is seen as a factor in the decline of the red squirrel. Although it was once believed to drive the red squirrel out of habitat it appears that it is simply better able to take advantage of the red squirrels habitat.

Introduced:

Mid 1800s
Origin:
North America
Location:
Most of UK, Woodland, Parks etc in rural and urban areas.
Status:
Stable population
Problems:
Comments:
Damage to trees, garden plants, take bird eggs, out compete native red squirrel.