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                                                                                                       David Williams                                            known to raid fruit grown in the garden

                                                                                                                                                                 particularly strawberries. They are even
                                                                                                                                                                 partial to tomatoes if nothing else takes
                                                                                                                                                                 their fancy.
                                                                                                                                                                   If you look closely, grey squirrels
                                                                                                                   ne of the most   over the years. As I say frequently at   aren’t only grey. They have brown fur
                                                                                                                   successful evasive   this time of the year, make sure water is   around the face, by the white under fur
                                                                      Open Mon-Sat from                            species in the UK is   available for all of the creatures which   and in the tail. The grey areas are seen on
                                                                      10am at:                                     the grey squirrel. They  visit our gardens. In many ways, it’s more  their backs and tail tips. Their tails tend
                                                                                                                                    important than food.
                                                                                                                                                                 to be larger in urban areas where there is
                                                                                                                   were first imported
                                                                      Unit 25                         Oin the 1870s from              Squirrels regularly bury food in   less predation.
                                                                      Glanyrafon Ind. Est.             America as exotic additions to country   stashes, they can sometimes leave   Greys communicate via many different
                                                                      Aberystwyth                      estates. They have now sadly displaced   several thousand stashes on their patch.   calls as well as posturing, tail flicking
                                                                      SY23 3JQ                         the native red squirrel in most of the   Some birds, particularly crows, observe   and facial expressions. We mostly hear
                                                                      (opposite tip)                   UK. The greys can live in the wild for   where squirrels bury their food and   the kuk quaa call signalling a predator
                                                                                                       between 5 and 10 years especially where   dig it up as soon as it has been left. In   in the area. That’s us walking through
                                                                                                       food is abundant. Over 6 years though is   some cases, the observers are fooled   their territory. It’s a vocalisation heard
                                                                                                                                    as a squirrel will mimic the burying of
                                                                                                                                                                 frequently on my woodland walks.
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                                                                                                         Squirrels are the only mammal which
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                                                                                                                                    to nuts. They also like fruit, new tree
                                                                                                                                                                 environments so well since their
                                                                                                       this because of having remarkable joint
                                                                                                       movement in their hind legs. They   shoots and young birds. They have been   introduction that they are here to stay.
                                                                                                       can rotate their ankles through 180
                                                                                                       degrees in order to grip on to the tree
                                                                                                       when descending. Their tree dexterity
                                                                                                       may be seen this month as they
                                                                                                       near their first mating period. Grey
                                                                                                       squirrels will be seen in their mating
                                                                                                       chase where the female is chased by
                                                                                                       one or more males. This scurrying
                                                                                                       begins as soon as she becomes
                                                                                                       receptive. Females can have two litters
                                                                                                       a year, one during the winter and
                                                                                                       another about six months later. The
                                                                                                       female does all of the nurturing.
                                                                                                         Early spring is the time when
                                                                                                       squirrels are at their most vulnerable
                                                                                                       as their food stocks will be running
                                                                                                       low. The next crop of berries and
                                                                                                       seeds won’t be seen for a while.
                                                                  FORMED BY THE UK                     Bird feeders are raided regularly
                                                                                                       throughout the year and more so
                                                         Open  Mon -  Sat from 10am at: Unit  25,      when their food stocks are getting
                                                                                                       low. They, like birds, also appreciate
                                                         Glanyrafon Ind. Est, Aberystwyth.  SY23 3JQ.    a water supply. I have caught many
                                                                                  (opposite tip)       squirrels drinking at the bird bath
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