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The Grey Squirrel first resulted in in Britain inside late 1800s, but wasn't an instant problem. It began its rapid spread across England and Wales a while later, between 1930 and 1950, when numbers of Red Squirrels started to shrink considerably. They possess higher birth rates, larger adult sizes and tolerance of high population densities. Compared to the red squirrel they might need as much as twenty times more food than their red counterparts, so there's little surprise the Red Squirrel can barely compete.
Something the British countryside may be unfortunate enough to discover within the last eighty years is the fact that Grey Squirrels can be immense pests. If you've ever noticed a broadleaved tree with stripped bark round the base then you need been admiring the destructive handiwork of Grey Squirrels. In some cases they have been seen to tear away enough to kill mature branches or entire trees. In the Woodlands industry this can be profit destroying. The quality from the timber is reduced, and growth is slower than under normal conditions.
In public areas it's impossible to protect every tree, and the sole method to attempt to do this is by using hunting and trapping the pests. In gardens they're better to deter. Smooth plastic cones round the trunk from the tree will keep squirrels in the bark, and baffles in many cases are places on feeding poles to keep them far from feeders. Mixing some hot pepper or chili with seeds will deter them from feeders, because they are hyper-sensitive to hot spice where birds are immune. Smearing a Vaseline-Chili combination may also function as an efficient deterrent on trees or poles, though that is only a temporary solution for trees.
Depending on which level of lethality the gardener is comfortable with, Squirrel traps and feeders may suffice. Traps effectively bait them, though they've demonstrated the capability to master to stop them. Feeders will most likely distract them from other food sources, although it must be noted that they can also strip trees as being a territorial action. Satiating their hunger won't necessarily save the tree.
The World Conservation Union now lists the Grey Squirrel as one from the worst 100 invasive alien species on the planet, and the European Squirrel Initiative became a registered charity in 2004. They were designed with the aim of restoring the Red Squirrel to prominence inside UK, and controlling or eradicating the grey. By spreading the real truth about the Greys' destructive and greedy nature these organisations operate to research new means of protecting the English and European countryside in the rampantly spreading creatures, and protect the existing habitat.