Red squir­rels get a break in Cen­ter Parcs vil­lage

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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

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