Daily Archives: February 27, 2010

SHOULD WE KILL THE GREY SQUIRRELS?

Grey squirrels are vermin.  They eat baby birds and eggs.  They kill trees by gnawing through the bark and making them susceptible to infection and fungus, so in conservation areas they are often killed.

Red squirrel numbers have reduced because the grey squirrel is out-competing them.  They are larger and stronger than the red squirrel

At the moment I daily see grey squirrels in among the trees near our garden.

They are coming onto the birdtable again and roaming round the garden.   They don’t seem to show any fear and leisurely leave the garden if I appear.

It is estimated that there are three million grey squirrels in Britain.  They must cause so much damage  to the bird population – and what good do they do?

Surely if they are left to grow unchecked they will do more damage – as well as eating more bird food they will eat more bird’s eggs and kill more young birds.

Grey squirrels must reduce the number of songbirds in Britain. By killing young birds and eating eggs they must reduce the number of birds.  I have been watching a squirrel leap from branch to branch, run down a tree, run up a tree.  They do this with such ease.  How can a small songbird escape. They can’t.

If we say that one squirrel only eats one bird’s egg a year – that is 3 million birds eggs that have been destroyed.  Three million birds that will not live.

It is perfectly legal to kill grey squirels.  I believe the only law about killing grey squirrels is that if they are caught in a live trap they must be killed humanely and not released

Mmmm.  I will give it some thought

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