Campaigning references

  1. Wildlife Trusts plans to recruit volunteers to bludgeon grey squirrels:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/24/red-squirrels-5000-volunteers-sought-to-save-species-and-help-kill-invasive-greys (accessed 07/06/2017)

 

  1. Questioning the validity of the native versus alien conceptual framework:

Fred Pearce, ‘The New Wild: why invasive species will be nature’s salvation’, Icon Books Ltd, 2016.

Matthew Chew and Andrew Hamilton, ‘The Rise and Fall of Biotic Nativeness: A Historical Perspective’, in David Richardson (ed) Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2011.

 

  1. Grey squirrels do not reduce the bird population:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8448000/8448807.stm (accessed 07/06/2017)

 

  1. Grey squirrels do not destroy trees:

https://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/fcpn004.pdf/$file/fcpn004.pdf (accessed 07/06/2017)

 

  1. Red squirrels decline in the 18th century, before the greys were introduced:

Harris, et al., ‘Is culling of grey squirrels a viable tactic to conserve red squirrel populations?’, Bristol University, 2008.

Middleton, The Ecology of the American Grey Squirrel in the British Isles, 1930.

 

  1. Suitable habitat for red squirrels:

Kenward and Holm, ‘On the replacement of the red squirrel in Britain:a phytotoxic explanation.’, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences, 1993.

 

  1. Greys and reds coexisting when the habitat is suitable for the reds:

Bryce et al., ‘Can niche use in red and grey squirrels offer clues for their apparent coexistence?’, Journal of Applied Ecology, 2002.

 

  1. Reintroductions of red squirrels from Scandinavia:

Hale, et al., ‘Patterns of genetic diversity in the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris L.): Footprints of biogeographic history and artificial introductions.’, University of Newcastle, 2003.

 

  1. Grey squirrels not directly responsible for the pox in red squirrels:

Chantrey et al., ‘European red squirrel population dynamics driven by squirrelpox at a gray squirrel invasion interface’, Ecology and Evolution, 2014.

Simpson et al., ‘Causes of mortality and pathological lesions observed post-mortem in res squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) in Great Britain’, BMC Veterinary Research, 2013.

 

  1. Culling grey squirrels an inappropriate way to help red squirrels:

Harris, et al., ‘Is culling of grey squirrels a viable tactic to conserve red squirrel populations?’, Bristol University, 2008.

 

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