Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Focus on the Purbeck Squirrel

There are not too many places where you can see both the Red and the Grey Squirrel, but a short boat ride to Brownsea Island makes it possible here. There are few species that divide public opinion so much too: I haven't met anyone who dislikes the Red Squirrel but the Grey seems to be public enemy number one in many peoples eyes. This is a shame because both are great to watch and it is not the Grey's fault that it is, naturally, by far the more successful and less picky creature. They have only been in the country since 1876 and now massively outnumber Reds. Like many 'invasive' species the Grey Squirrel is part of our wildlife and here to stay so perhaps we should forgive them.

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