Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I saw my first squirrel yesterday!I should qualify that by saying I have seen lots of them in parks in London and even a couple in the grounds of the little church near ground zero in New York but I had never seen a squirrel in my own country!I was visiting a friend who lives on a farm just outside the city and as I drove down the drive a red squirrel hopped across the drive in front of me and shimmied up a tree to look down at me. I said it to my friend who told me there had been two of them but one had been killed by a dog, they thought the other one had gone so were delighted to know he was back. I did not have my camera with me to take a photo so had to find one online,I also looked up some information on our native Red squirrel
Irish Red squirrel under threat
Tuesday, 9 October 2007 22:18
A new report says Ireland's native red squirrel could be wiped out by a virus carried by the grey squirrel.
The report of the Irish Squirrel Survey 2007, which was launched today, also calls for the protection of the red squirrel and for the control of grey squirrel populations.
Over the past decade the grey squirrel has spread to 26 counties throughout Ireland.
It is now found west of the Shannon, in Leitrim and Roscommon, where it had not previously been found.
The red squirrel is extinct in Meath, Westmeath, Carlow and Kilkenny.
The report warns that if the grey squirrel is left unchecked the hardwood industry and the conservation of native woodlands could suffer.
There are also concerns about a virus that could wipe out the red squirrel.
The report says action is needed to conserve red squirrel numbers, and that grey squirrel controls need to be carried out.
Six One News: Emma O Kelly, Education & Science Correspondent, reports that the grey squirrel is killing off its red cousin
Nine News: Emma O Kelly, Education & Science Correspondent, reports that the Grey Squirrel could be lethal to other squirrels & Ireland's broadleaf trees
Morning Ireland: Cian McCormack reports on the demise of the red squirrel, which is threatened with extinction by the grey squirrel
Story from RTÉ News:
The following link will show a news programme about the red Squirrel and the dangers it faces today (click on The Six One News for audio visual)
Posted by Peggy at Wednesday, December 09, 2009