Grey squirrels have no significant impact on woodland birds in England

A recent study by scientists from the British Trust for Ornithology and Natural England (also see Publications page under Permanent articles) found no evidence that grey squirrels have any significant impact of woodland birds in England. This puts to rest the long held view by some that grey squirrels have been responsible for the marked decline in many woodland bird species in recent years. The scientists used long-term monitoring data for grey squirrels and 38 bird species from across the country and found that, although occasionally grey squirrels may locally suppress populations of some bird species, overall they have little impact on numbers. The story has been published on the BBC ‘Earth News‘ website.

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