BLACK SQUIRREL 'SUPER' SPECIES? NO, JUST A DARKER SHADE OF GREY

THE FIRST WAS SPOTTED NEAR LETCHWORTH IN 1912 TODAY BLACK SQUIRRELS ARE MOST COMMONLY SEEN ACROSS HERTFORDSHIRE, BEDFORDSHIRE AND CAMBRIDGESHIRE.

PROF JULIAN CHANTREY AND COLLEAGUES AT LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY TESTED MORE THAN 100 GREY SQUIRRELS OVER 16MONTHS.

But the black squirrels seen scampering through southern England are a form of grey squirrel created by wild interbreeding between greys and fox squirrels in North America, according to research.
Another study in which grey squirrels on the Wirral were tested for squirrelpox every month has found that greys survive in the wild even when carrying the virus for months.
Photograph: Amanda K Ciurej/PA In popular myth they are an aggressive new "super" species pushing out the grey squirrel just as it has displaced the red squirrel.

In popular myth they are an aggressive new “super” species pushing out the grey squirrel just as it has displaced the red squirrel. But the black squirrels seen scampering through southern England are a form of grey...

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