Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites


Last week I was fortunate enough to visit one of the last enclaves of the UK’s native Red Squirrel, the original “Squirrel Nutkin” of Beatrix Potter fame. Sadly, the Red Squirrel is declining in numbers, down to a population of about 140,000 mainly in Scotland, that it now classified as an endangered species. This is largely down to the North American “Grey Squirrel” with a population of about 2 million, that carries the virus parapox, deadly to our native Red Squirrels.  There is also competition for food and nesting sites, which inevitably the slightly larger Grey Squirrel always wins, further causing the decline of the Red Squirrel.

Red Squirrel
1/125s at f5.6 ISO 400 Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus M 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R

The Grey Squirrel was introduced to Great Britain in the mid-19th century. At the time it was fashionable to have Grey Squirrels running around and after many releases at Woburn Park, Bedfordshire. the Grey Squirrel began to increase dramatically at the beginning of the 20th century, spreading rapidly across England, Wales and parts of Southern Scotland.

Grey Squirrel
1/180s at f6.7 ISO 200 Pentax K-30 Sigma 150-500mm

So there you have it, two opposites, one who is decimating the population of the other. However steps have now been taken to conserve the native Red Squirrel, making sure that the Grey does not intrude.

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4 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites

    • Mike Hardisty July 9, 2016 / 11:15

      At first they wouldn’t come near but a bit of bribery, nuts and seeds, and this one decided it was too good an opportunity to miss. Saying that, Red was still about 15 feet away from me.

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  1. petspeopleandlife July 11, 2016 / 05:12

    The red squirrel is such a beautiful rodent, er animal. Just kidding but it is so unfortunate that the lunatics introduced the grey squirrel. That cotton picking varmint is literally driving me nuts since it eats a good many of my figs. My neighbor traps them but it has not made a wit of difference.

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  2. Mike Hardisty July 11, 2016 / 10:16

    Here in the UK Grey Squirrels are considered by most people as lovable little creatures. In parks they have become quite tame and people go to feed and photograph them. One house I lived in ages ok, the previous owner used to feed them and for a while they used to come knocking at the window, but they soon got the message.

    In red squirrel areas there’s an active conservation program to keep the grey squirrel out.

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