ACCORDING to Forestry Commission Grey squirrels are very damaging to trees, particularly when they ring-bark oak, which is when all the bark is removed in a circle around a trunk or branch subsequently causing trees to die from that point up.
There are 2.5million greys in the UK, compared to 140,000 reds, which have been killed off by a disease greys are immune to, squirrel pox.
Grey squirrels make the growing of broadleaf timber in the UK virtually impossible and growing more trees is vital to curb climate change.
Currently only 13 per cent of the UK is woodland and experts stress that this needs to be increased in order to help combat carbon dioxide emissions.
In an attempt to maintain the Squirrel population under control, The Forestry Commission has reintroduced a squirrel predator, the pine marten. However Sir Harry Studholme, chairman of the U.K. Forestry Commission has reportedly stated that if the approach is unsuccessful the other proposed solution is to EAT squirrels to keep population numbers down and even suggests that grey squirrels should be offered on the menu in London restaurants.
Grey squirrels are native to North America, and were first introduced to Britain in the 1870s by aristocrats for their country estates.
The solution has not be taken well by all…
Luckily, for humans and rats and all critters alike, it's very hard to get me to this stage. But "Sir" Harry Studholme has forced a new level of anger. You go after my squirrel cousins, Harry, this is what you'll face, I promise you: pic.twitter.com/I8hqAIPLZo
— FuzzWildrat (@FWildrat) December 4, 2019