The grey squirrel was introduced to Great Britain in the mid-19th century. There is now an estimated population of 2 million making them much more common than the native red squirrel.



The grey squirrel does not hibernate and it cannot store enough energy to survive for long periods without food.  A larger, thicker winter drey is built, usually on a strong branch close to the trunk, and a squirrel will lie up in this in very cold weather, coming out now and then to search out hidden stores of food.  These stores of single nuts and other items are buried in the ground in autumn, well spread out.  They are found by smell, rather than memory.  Often they are not found at all and later may grow, helping the dispersal of trees.  Winter dreys are often shared for warmth.  As it sleeps, the squirrel curls its tail around its body to act as a blanket.


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