Mixed news for red squirrels in Ireland

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

The All-Ireland Squirrel and Pine Marten Survey 2019 has been published by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The findings are encouraging. For example, pine marten sightings have increased over the last seven years and their core range has expanded from the west and midlands to County Wicklow and Northern Ireland. At the same time, […]

Red squirrels recognise the odour of pine martens, grey squirrels don’t

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Joshua Twining and colleagues from Queen’s University Belfast have recently published a study in Royal Society Open Science that shows that red squirrels are better than grey squirrels at detecting the scent of pine martens. This may be one reason why alien grey squirrels tend to ‘disappear’ when pine martens move into an area, whereas […]

Ambidextrous squirrels do best

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Lisa Leaver and colleagues at Exeter University have studied whether grey squirrels are left-handed or right-handed in laboratory tests. Many squirrels appeared to favour their left or their right paw, but these squirrels performed less well than those which were ambidextrous. The studies, which will be published in the scientific journal Learning and Behaviour, contribute […]

Red Squirrels In my Garden

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

A new book written by Craig Shuttleworth and Liz Halliwell called Red Squirrels In My Garden and published by the European Squirrel Initiative is now available as an e-book PDF and can be downloaded here. Building on their wide experience of studying red squirrels, and particularly in recent years on the Isle of Anglesey and more widely […]

Are alien grey squirrels cleverer than native red squirrels in Britain?

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

A recent paper published in the scientific journal Animal Behaviour by Pizza Chow and colleagues has demonstrated that alien grey squirrels are slightly better than native red squirrels at solving certain problems involving the removal of hazelnuts from transparent plastic containers. The study has attracted a lot of attention in the media (International Business Times, UPI, Sky News, Channel […]

New book on grey squirrel ecology and management now available

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The Grey Squirrel: Ecology & Management of an Invasive Species in Europe(2016) Eds. Craig Shuttleworth, Peter Lurz & John Gurnell. European Squirrel Initiative, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, UK. ISBN-10: 0954757645; ISBN-13: 978-0954757649. This book can be ordered from European Squirrel Initiative, 26 Rural Innovation Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG using this form. From the cover […]

New booklet about red squirrels in Scotland published

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

A new booklet entitled Red Squirrels: Naturally Scottish has been published by Scottish Natural Heritage. Written by squirrel expert Peter Lurz, this attractive 50 page booklet is packed with  information about their behaviour, ecology and threats to their conservation in Scotland. It is beautifully illustrated and can be downloaded free from SNH Publications.

Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

This new book by Richard W. Thorington Jr. and Katie Ferrell has recently been published by John Hopkins University Press. The book contains over 100 photographs and, using a question-and-answer format, covers all aspects of the diverse squirrel family. To find out more and how to order your own copy, go to JHUP. Also see our Publications […]