Greys do huge dam­age to reds

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

Madam, – I would like to think that if Natalia Do­ran lived in Scot­land and not Lon­don she might hold a more in­formed and re­al­is­tic view of the plight of our nat­u­ral red squir­rels and the threat posed to them and our ecosys­tem by the greys (Greys mat­ters to the wilder­ness, Courier, Jan­uary 9).

It is un­for­tu­nate grey squir­rels were brought here from Amer­ica.

It is well es­tab­lished that they bring a fa­tal dis­ease to our na­tive squir­rels, eat their food and cause them to die out.

In ad­di­tion, greys eat the eggs of our song­birds which are also in de­cline and they com­pete for their food as well.

Ms Do­ran says that there are plenty of reds else­where- well greys are now es­tab­lished in Italy, and our ex­pe­ri­ence in Great Bri­tain sug­gests it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore they spread through­out the rest of Europe at the ex­pense of the red squir­rel.

I fear that her sug­ges­tion of con­trol­ling greys by “peace­ful means” in­di­cates she re­ally has no idea of the re­al­ity or grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion.

It is sev­eral years since I last en­joyed see­ing red squir­rels play in Bal­gay Park. I only see greys now.

Yes, greys can look cute. But in their nat­u­ral habi­tat in Amer­ica, not here in Bri­tain. Alis­tair Mont­gomery. 8 Beech­wood Ter­race, Dundee.

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