British wildlife recordings
Sciurus carolinensis : Grey Squirrel - Sciuridae
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Pinbury Park, Gloucestershire: OS Grid Reference(395500,204500)
Williams, Aubrey John
Grey Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis
An example of the call of the grey squirrel recorded in woodland at Pinbury Park, Gloucestershire. These persistent and highly intelligent mammals have become public enemy number one in the eyes of many garden bird lovers, destroying feeders across Britain in an attempt to reach the peanuts inside. A now common sight in parks and gardens, grey squirrels prefer mixed or deciduous woodland with a ready supply of acorns, nuts, fruit, roots and succulent tree shoots. Chattering, rasping and barking are all examples from the grey squirrel’s vocabulary who become particularly noisy when alarmed or angry. An introduced species from the US, they are responsible for the decline of our own native red squirrels.