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The Decline Of The Red Squirrel And Hedghog

The End Of The Red Squirrels And Hedgehogs In Danger

The future does not look rosy for Britain's red squirrels. Ecologists predict that despite the trapping and culling of their grey nemeses, reds will soon only exist in areas inaccessible to greys.

In England and Wales, red squirrels are only thought likely to survive on islands separated by large expanses of water such as the Isle of Wight and Anglesey.

More than 75% of Britain's estimated 160,000 red squirrels are now found in Scotland where the landscape has proven too challenging for invading greys to reach.

The grey squirrels' dislike of conifer forests has highlighted these habitats as essential refuges for reds.

Meanwhile, scientists continue to work on a vaccine to eliminate squirrel pox and give the native squirrels a fighting chance.

Members of the public made conservation charities aware that hedgehogs were declining in 2006’s national "Hogwatch" survey.

Monitoring has confirmed substantial declines from 30 million in the 1950s to an estimated 1.5 million 40 years later.

Conser­vati­onists are working to reduce the amount of pesticides used in agriculture and protect habitat in rural areas.

This year, more than 15,000 people joined the Hedghog Street campaign: working in collaboration with their neighbours to improve urban habitats.




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