Grey Squirrel | Sciurus Carolinensis
Congratulations! You found clue number six - The Grey Squirrel. The cheeky ones in this garden like to eat and hide nuts from the hazelnut tree
The grey squirrel was introduced into the UK in the 1800s. It provides an easy encounter with wildlife for many people, but can be damaging to woodlands and has contributed to the decline of the red squirrel.
Statistics: Length: 24-28.5cm
Average lifespan: 2-5 years
Conservation status: The Grey squirrel is classified as an invasive non-native species.
One of our most familiar mammals, the grey squirrel can be found in woods, gardens and parks across town and country, and often proves to be very tame. It is a frequent visitor to gardens with bird tables and feeders. Grey squirrels feast on hazelnuts by cracking the shell in half. You may also find pine cones that have been nibbled, leaving what looks like an apple core behind. They will cache their food in autumn if it is abundant. Grey squirrels make a rough nest, called a 'drey' out of twigs, leaves and strips of bark in the fork of a branch, high up in the tree canopy. Females may have two litters of three to four young a year.