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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

19. The Grey Squirrel
(Sciurus carolinensis)

19. The Grey Squirrel

The grey squirrel was brought from North America to England in the middle of the nineteenth century. Today it is widespread and numerous and is spreading into Wales and the Lowlands of Scotland. It was at first regarded as a delightful addition to our fauna, but soon this opinion was reversed. Where it appeared our native red squirrel disappeared and, as it grew more numerous, it began to do damage, particularly in orchards and young plantations. Today it is regarded as a pest.