The Red Squirrel is Britain’s native species of squirrel. They are famous for being pushed out of much of England by the invasive Grey Squirrel.
Before the arrival of the Greys, Red Squirrels were found right across our island and will have fed on many different kinds of nut, including the acorn.
But with the arrival of the grey, they were forced away from this food source.
They now tend to survive in pine plantations and feed on pine cone seeds. Although the Grey also feeds on pine cones, they seem to prefer nuts of deciduous trees.
This difference in feeding habits could mean that in the future, the two could survive side by side by specialising on two different habitats.
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