Red squirrels get a break in Center Parcs village
A campaign to support red squirrels and control the grey population is reaping benefits at Center Parcs’ Lake District Whinfell Forest holiday village and surrounding areas.
The location is now home to a thriving population of reds with no greys in the vicinity.
Center Parcs red squirrel ranger Jerry Moss said:
“An outbreak of squirrel pox had hammered our numbers but in the past six months, helped by a warm spring and summer, we’ve seen a noticeable increase in the red squirrels.”
Some reds have been killed on the roads nearby but Jerry pointed out: “It’s not nice but it does show the reds are needing to explore new habitats as their numbers grow.”
Julie Bailey of Penrith & District Red Squirrel Group commented: “We believe there is now a minimum of 350 red squirrels around in a 650 square mile area — which is about 25 per cent of Cumbria.” An American poacher sentenced to a year in prison has been ordered by the judge to watch the Disney film Bambi
“at least” once a month.
Missouri-based David Berry
Junior was convicted of illegally killing “hundreds” of deer. He was arrested in August for killing the deer, taking their heads and leaving the carcases to decompose. He was also charged for a firearms probation violation and has had his hunting privileges revoked for life.
There has been a “noticeable increase” in red squirrel numbers