UK Research has shown that grey squirrel numbers can be effectively controlled using oral contraceptives

UK Research has shown that grey squirrel numbers can be effectively controlled using oral contraceptives

Research has shown that oral contraceptives for squirrels are effective, and the government is hoping to utilize them to control squirrel populations in the UK. Since being brought to the UK from North America in the 1870s, grey squirrels have become an invasive species. They are an issue for animals, notably red squirrels, who are […]

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Ministry of Defence use pine martens to control the grey squirrel population

Ministry of Defence use pine martens to control the grey squirrel population

The Ministry of Defence has joined the fight against grey squirrels. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has installed pine marten den boxes at the Kirkcudbright Training Area. Non-native grey squirrels have displaced reds on the Balmae area of the site near Dundrennan but research has shown where pine martens are encouraged the more cautious reds flourish. There […]

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POLL: Should invasive animal species, which have cost UK economy more than £5bn over past 50 years, be culled?

POLL: Should invasive animal species, which have cost UK economy more than £5bn over past 50 years, be culled?

Alien invaders in the shape of animals and plants have cost the UK more than £5billion over the past 50 years, researchers estimate. The grey squirrel, European rabbit and Japanese knotweed are among the newcomers placing a financial strain on the economy. And they warn that the cost ‑ one of the highest in Europe […]

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Twiggy, the Trained Water-Skiing Squirrel Won’t Perform for Public Entertainment in Toronto Anymore!

Twiggy, the Trained Water-Skiing Squirrel Won’t Perform for Public Entertainment in Toronto Anymore!

Twiggy, the trained water skiing squirrel who performs at boat shows is no longer welcome in Toronto.  According to the Globe and Mail, Toronto’s animal services department told the Toronto International Boat Show that they could not use a grey squirrel kept in captivity. Twiggy has performed at several boat shows around North America, including […]

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