Grey Squirrels

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Grey Squirrel(sciurus carolinensis) The Grey Squirrel is about 500g, both sexes are of a similar size. The winter coat is grey above with a white underside; the summer coat is shorter and sleeker with a brownish grey above. The Grey Squirrel is a non-native species and was introduced to Britain from North America. Since then it has become widespread throughout England and Wales though it is still absent from much of Scotland. It is highly adaptable and able to out-compete the red Squirrel whose habitat requirements are more specific. It is responsible for giving the Red squirrel, Squirrel Pox.

Grey Squirrels live in dreys  and have two breeding seasons in a year February, march and then June and July. Litters range from three to seven. They eat a wide range of items from nuts, fruit buds and shoots to fungi, birds eggs and nestlings. They can regularly be seen eating from bird tables in peoples gardens. They are diurnal creatures meaning they are active during the day.

Their main importance as a pest is when they get inside peoples lofts. They can interfere with sleep patterns. They can become very aggressive. Cases of grey Squirrel attacking people are rare but do occur. Once inside they chew woodwork and ceilings, strip the insulation from electrical wiring, tear up insulation to form a drey and can sometimes die in cold water storage tanks.  Outside  they can have major implications on forestry woodlands and parks as they damage trees by stripping their bark. This can lead to misshapen trees and can lead to a woodlands loss of commercial viability.


Covering HYTHE, FOLKESTONE, CANTERBURY, ASHFORD, DOVER and surrounding areas.