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I'm really concerned about these pests. I know it's not their fault they're her, but they're ring barking millions of trees, including the English Oak, resulting, obviously, in their ultimate death. It's heartbreaking to see. Surely we can do something? If you know of anyone who's got an initiative about this, I'm happy to join any campaign.



  • that they'e HERE, even!

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I don't quite follow your post, are you asking if anyone wants to start a campaign to get rid of grey squirrels??? 


  • The only real way would be a cull. Too be honest I dont think many people would go for that, me being one of them.

    Maybe fitting some sort of mesh guards over the trunks of the trees might help but that would require money. which would mean funding from the government or even the lottery maybe.

  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    some trees shed their bark naturally and is nothing to do with squirrels.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I think it's possibly a WUM....first post and they are obviously trying to cause a reaction....well not from me but don't expect me to join any campaign that involves harming animals imageimage


  • Mesh guards on all the oak saplings in the country........ interesting thought.

    I don't like harming animals either, but I also don't like killing our native trees.

    There are few, if any trees in this country that shed their bark naturally, & certainly not oaks. I have a 30 acre woodland & have seen the little blighters at 

    Yes, I do think they should be culled, for the sake of our native wildlife.



  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I'd agree to putting mesh guards around tress, but they do that near me anyway.

    As for culling, there is now way I could support that.  Look at the cock up they've made of the badger culling, suffering needlessly because people can't even do it right......but then they are only animals so no-one involved with the culling cares that much anyway!!  image

  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,838 should give you some ideas and facts about tree damage. However it is worth noting that all previous cull attempts have failed. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,953

    As soon as you cull any wild animals what happens is that more move into the space -  "Nature abhors a vacuum" (Aristotle)  - that is why culls only work on small islands.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I agree about the badgers, it should never have even been considered, let alone done so cruelly.

    Mesh guards around all the trees in the country I don't think so!! They've decimated half of my birch trees, a lot of willow, eat all the hazelnuts before they're even ripe, taking away the food from the reds. 

    Thy of course eat the eggs & fledglings of our birds as well.

    Anyway, thanks very much for comments & sadly, in this instance anyway, I think Aristotle probably  hit the nail on the head.

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