rjb wrote:Grey squirrels were classed as vermin. There was a scheme to pay anyone who presented a Squirrel tail to the appropriate authority. It was abandoned in 1958 when it became clear that numbers couldn't be controlled by culling.
Well here in the "Lost Kingdom" (Nb. Marketing blurb no one's ever heard of!), we still have reds.
I saw my first grey roadkill 20 miles down south a couple of years ago, but otherwise it's red. It was pleasing to see a 4/4 country motorist stop last Friday and allow the red squirrel to cross an otherwise empty sub-moor road (Empty, apart from me, a cyclist).
Surprising as the roads one of two where the farmers dump their illegal badger "roadkill" (I.e. Badgers with a suspicious round hole in the forehead - it's been incredible how the legal culling of badgers down south over a few years, has hugely increased the badger roadkill locally (Always in the cattle areas!).