Down at Rockcliffe Ranger Judy got this lovely shot of one of the young red squirrels that were born earlier this year. Our native red squirrels are under threat from the introduced grey squirrel. The greys carry a squirrelpox virus which they are immune to but is deadly to the reds. The grey squirrel also out competes the reds for food. This has caused a devastating reduction in the numbers of red squirrels and forced the population to drastically reduce its range. They are now rarely found in England and Wales and the Scottish populations are an important stronghold for the survival of our native species.
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