Monday, 6 April 2015

'Squirrel Nutkin' fights back in battle against grey rivals

Red squirrels - popularly illustrated in Beatrix Potter books - return to Windermere in Lake District after 16-year absence as they fight back in ongoing war against greys

By Agency

2:54PM BST 05 Apr 2015

Red squirrels are battling back in the war against their grey rivals - after finally returning to one of Britain's most stunning beauty spots.

Native reds have been almost wiped out except for a few pockets in the north of England, the Isle of Wight and Scotland after greys arrived from America in the 19th century.

Numbers of the reds - popularly illustrated in the Beatrix Potter Squirrel Nutkin books - have been dwindling, mainly thanks to the greys' squirrel pox virus.

But now after a 16 year absence, red squirrels have been spotted in Windermere, in the picturesque Lake District.

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