One for the pot?
The Telegraph considers the brunette squirrel as a little known fourth variety of nut-eating rodent in Britain Red squirrels in fact vary in colour from very orange to red to black which may in part be related to past introductions of red squirrels from mainland Europe.
Cornwall Red Squirrel Project and Red Squirrel South West are hosting the red squirrel conference on 19th April 2013 at Exeter Business School, The University of Exeter, Streatham Campus. The aim of the meeting is to hear about red squirrel conservation studies from around Europe and to see what lessons can be learned to feed [...]
A photograph recently added to the Gallery shows a hole that a red squirrel was seen to go down during felling operations in a spruce plantation in Kielder Forest in the north of England. The hole was about 30 cm deep, and the feeding remains around the hole suggest that it was a spot frequently [...]
A report in the Guardian highlights the plight of the red squirrel in northern Italy. Grey squirrels were first introduced into the region of Piemonte some 60 years ago and have now spread over large areas replacing the red squirrels as it goes. There are fears that the grey squirrel will eventually spread into neighbouring [...]
New guidance on the ecological impact of development on red squirrels has been published in UK BAP Mammals; Interim Guidance for Survey Methodologies, Impact Assessment and Mitigation published by The Mammal Society (other species covered include harvest mice, hares, hedgehogs, wildcats, pine martens, and polecats). Also recently published are two booklets, one called Squirrels written [...]
Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) is a red squirrel conservation partnership in the north of England, principally in Cumbria, Northumberland, Merseyside, Lancashire, north-west Durham and the Yorkshire Dales. Visit their web site if you want to join a red squirrel group, send in a sighting or find out where to see red squirrels in these regions.
A new website has been launched about squirrels in France – Les écureuils en France. It not only covers information about the native red squirrel but also alien invaders such as the red-bellied squirrel and the Siberian chipmunk. The site also makes the point that the alien North American grey squirrel introduced into Italy is not that [...]
A recent paper published by Pečnerová & Martínková in Zoologica Scripta (see Publications page) using phylogenetic reconstruction shows that tree squirrels evolved in the Northern Hemisphere with the first group to diverge from a common ancestor being Tamiasciurus followed by Sciurus in the Palaearctic and Reithrosciurus in Indo-Malayasia. Thereafter overland colonisation resulted in the present-day [...]
The 6th International Colloquium on Arboreal Squirrels will be held in Kyoto City, Japan, from 4th to 8th February, 2012. The colloquium is held every 3 years; previous veues have been U.S.A (1994), U.S.A. (2000), England (2003), India (2006), and Canada (2009). These meetings cover any aspect of the biology of tree and flying squirrels from all over [...]