Red Squirrel

3lbgrayling

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Whilst fishing tonight.I saw a Great display of a red squirrel.on the banks of the lake. it was running back and forward amongst a huge flock of just fledged Greylag geese. the geese did not seem to be bothered by the squirrel. which eventually climbed a tree. ending the viewing.a great viewing

Jim
 

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At one point there were no greys in Cumbria but they are starting to show up. Most gun owners in Cumbria will shoot them on site but are not winning the battle. The NT at Fornby also keep fighting.
 

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At one point there were no greys in Cumbria but they are starting to show up. Most gun owners in Cumbria will shoot them on site but are not winning the battle. The NT at Fornby also keep fighting.

On our DIY syndicate shoot in North Yorkshire, 350 greys were trapped , we had a vermin day shooting drays out , every gun who was doing a job would shoot any that were seen , and on shoot days walking guns took a few when a safe shot was available . so let’s round that up to 500 . Despite that they are still in abundance as when you create a vacuum it fills up from neighbouring land who aren’t hitting them hard .

There was some talk about releasing genetically engineered animals that could only breed male offspring . If that’s true it would be ideal , and bring it on for rats as well .
 

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I'm Iain and I'm a really bad person. As soon as I saw the title my first thought was I need to get in and buy that pelt/tail before anyone else gets there...

That must have been great to see but sadly I've not seen a red squirrel in years if not decades!
 

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For a few years during the nineties we used to rent a cottage in Galloway with some superb trout fishing on the Water of Ken. If you ventured into the garden, a red squirrel would scamper right up to your feet and gaze up expectantly for an edible treat. Unbelievably cute! I hope his / her descendants are still in residence...and the fish 😉

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At one point there were no greys in Cumbria but they are starting to show up. Most gun owners in Cumbria will shoot them on site but are not winning the battle. The NT at Fornby also keep fighting.
I live in Greystoke which has a good population of reds, and they are occasional visitors to our garden but there has been recent sightings of greys only a mile from Greystoke Castle/ forest which is their stronghold. We have a ranger who traps the greys and dispatches the greys.
 

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I live in Greystoke which has a good population of reds, and they are occasional visitors to our garden but there has been recent sightings of greys only a mile from Greystoke Castle/ forest which is their stronghold. We have a ranger who traps the greys and dispatches the greys.

If he is catching them alive the best thing to do is castrate the males and let them go and only kill the females. The castrated males will still compete for territory and females but there wont be any offspring and eventually the numbers will decrease and possibly die out.
 

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If he is catching them alive the best thing to do is castrate the males and let them go and only kill the females. The castrated males will still compete for territory and females but there wont be any offspring and eventually the numbers will decrease and possibly die out.
I have this horrible vision of a ranger with a very small pair of pliers!!!! 😉
 

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I have this horrible vision of a ranger with a very small pair of pliers!!!! 😉

No need to cut anything. Use what they use to castrate lambs. I used to find loads of little woolly balls when walking in the hills during lambing and wondered what they were, then I found a few rubber bands and put two and two together :)

 

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I'm Iain and I'm a really bad person. As soon as I saw the title my first thought was I need to get in and buy that pelt/tail before anyone else gets there...

That must have been great to see but sadly I've not seen a red squirrel in years if not decades!
Need to visit Anglesey - we have several that visit the garden every day !!
 

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I’m right on the edge of the Whinfell forest in Cumbria it’s one of the last strongholds for reds, if we ever see a grey we have to report it.
S.
 

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There was a Tony Robinson programme on yesterday,(Coast to Coast) he was in Cumbria (somewhere), where he witnessed red squirels & the feeder boxes they were frequenting. Delightful little creatures.
 

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When I was up near Loch Eck a few weeks back I saw a few which was brilliant. None sat still for long enough to get a decent photo ( actually any photo!) though
 
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My favourite.Spend hours watching them and their antics.Some just 4 feet away ,hiding nuts and chasing each other.Great creatures.
 

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