Adventurous Red Squirrels Escape Island Across Bridge

by Sara
(Bangor)

Friends of Anglesey Red Squirrels believe some of the endangered mammals may have crossed one of the two Menai Straits Bridges linking the island to the mainland.


Apparently, two red squirrels were discovered on the Faenol Estate near Bangor and at Treborth, where the last recorded sighting was way back in 1976 according to a local conservationist.

Estimates suggest over 300 red squirrels live on Anglesey as a result of a focused programme carried out over a decade of clearing grey squirrels from the island.

Further culling of the grey squirrel variety may now be necessary, according to Dr Craig Shuttleworth, a conservationist closely involved in the red squirrel preservation programme.

He believes the two red squirrels were probably young adult males and so were more likely to be adventurous and push boundaries by crossing one of the Menai Straits bridges.

There was a notable decline in the 1980's of what was once a thriving island population of this fascinating mammal, according to Friends of Anglesey Red Squirrels, due to the growing predominance of the grey squirrel.

If anyone spots any of these creatures on the mainland, please leave a comment below. Tell us briefly where you spotted the squirrel(s).

Do you believe there should be further culling of the grey squirrel?

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Mar 21, 2013
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Squirrel cull
by: Anonymous

All grey squirrels should be culled,not sure the public realise the extreme damage that they do.

Mar 21, 2013
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Squirrel cull
by: Anonymous

All grey squirrels should be culled.i don't think people realise the damage and diseases they spread.Well done

Sep 07, 2012
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Just saw a red squirrel while on a run through the vaynol estate!
by: Anonymous

Today (7/09/2012) as i was running along the track between vaynol hall and Felinheli, in the Vaynol Estate, I got a fleeting glance of a red squirrel before its bushy red tail vanished into the undergrowth. Truly amazing!

Apr 14, 2011
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SQUIRRELS
by: Anonymous

No one likes to kill the grey squirrels but it is a necessity to allow our own indiginous variety a comeback. You are doing a great job. Well done!

Nov 30, 2009
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Culling the Grey Squirrel
by: Anonymous

Just out of interest how are the squirrels culled? Do they use a humane method or do they set leg traps? Quite frankly when humans interfere with nature there can be disasterous consequences - just look at the rabbit problem with myxomatosis. I live in Canada but visit the island several times a year. My husband, being a hunter has provided our meat for our family of 6 for over 30 years - I don't buy meat. I realise I am in a different situation as we have big game here, but one of the varieties he provides besides the moose, deer, bear, wild turkey & rabbit, is squirrel. They eat acorns & vegetation etc. & are similar in taste to rabbit or chicken, but my children have always prefered squirrel to rabbit. In this age of recession wouldn't it be more practical to encourage local people to hunt the grey squirrel & eat it instead of just 'culling' & wasting the meat. No one eats wild rabbit anymore because of the myxomatosis so why not encourage an alternative, the grey squirrel. This would also encourage fathers & their children to spend more time together on a weekend, getting fresh air & excercise as more than one person is needed - when a person approaches, the squirrel will go around the other side of the tree therefore someone is needed to go around the tree to push the squirrel around for the hunter to shoot. I notice Gordon Ramsay is trying to get the British to get back to eating food that they used to eat (I saw his show on tripe) but in the last 50 or so years has gone out of fashion or been scorned. There's nothing like eating something that hasn't been 'force fed', given antibiotics or fertilized food, but has been allowed to grow & eat naturally. Give it a try!!

Nov 01, 2009
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Keep up the good work
by: Anonymous

Dr Shuttleworth has done a wonderful job in Ynys Mon giving the red squirrels a chance to increase their numbers by culling greys. If he feels that more greys need culling,he should be encouraged to do what is necessary. DC

Oct 27, 2009
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dont kill squirrels
by: Einir

no, there is no need to kill more grey squirrel

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