SQUIRREL SEEN IN SPINNEY 30/5/12
squirrel was recently spotted in the Spinney – a rarity in this area. Black
squirrels originate from North America and are the same species as grey
squirrels, the only difference being that they have a piece of DNA missing on a gene that produces pigment, meaning they can only produce
black fur, as scientists at
Anglia Ruskin University have discovered.
dozen black squirrels from
North America were released in
Bedfordshire about a 100 years ago, the first recorded sighting being in
1912, and numbers have risen steadily over the years. They have been a
common sight in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire for many
decades now, and are beginning to spread westwards, it would seem. Please
submit any further sightings to us using the “Report
a sighting“ form.