so far we only have the native Red squirrels in this area, but keep an eye open for any of the grey tree rats
Can't help feeling that with a determined effort, the grey squirrel population can be reduced down to a level that Red Squirrels can thrive at. It will take a few years. In the 1980's Veniards would pay 50p per squirrel tail. It only took three or four to pay for a box of shotgun cartridges. I earned quite a bit of money shooting squirrels on neighbouring farms - so much so that for a number of years they became quite rare.