The Grey Menace

The Grey Menace

beech-tree

For all those of you who might still need convincing that the grey squirrel is not just a threat to our charismatic red friend, but in fact to our broadleaf woodland, which we all know is what makes England so green and beautiful. Grey squirrels strip the bark from native broadleaved trees like oak, sweet chestnut and especially beech and can even kill the trees as well as eating bulbs and seeds in large quantities. The trees are at their most vulnerable between the age of 10 to 40 years of their lifespan and between the years of 10 and 25, their protection is critical.

A BASC article on grey squirrel damage and control in the New Forest, makes for an excellent read.