Grey Squirrel (Sciuruscarolinensis)
Although now a familiar sight across much of the U.K., the grey squirrel is non-native having been first introduced from America in the late nineteenth century. It is largely blamed for the decline of our native red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) although in truth, this also has as much to do with the disappearance of the red squirrels natural woodland habitat, as it does with competition. The introduced species is larger than the red squirrel, with largely grey/brown fur, and a white belly.
Grey Squirrel Removal
This species is a serious pest in Britain. It is a treat to forestry land where its habit of removing tree bark is extremely damaging. In towns and cities, it can be a considerable pest by causing damage to structures and electrics in lofts etc. The most common and successful method of control is trapping, with either live trapping or spring trapping effective. Always use traps in accordance with statutory guidelines and trapped animals must be disposed of humanely.