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The spatial spread of the grey squirrel in Britain

Maini, P. K. and Okubo, A. and Williamson, M. H. and Murray, J. D. (1991) The spatial spread of the grey squirrel in Britain. Journal of Agricultural Science Cambridge, 117 . p. 131.



Around the turn of the century the North American grey squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, was releasted from various sites in Britain. Since then the grey squirrel has successfully spread to colonize much of England, Wales and the Scottish Lowlands. Simultaneously, the indigenous red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, has disappeared from these localities. Three hypotheses have been put forwarded to account for this phenomenon: (i) competition between the reds and the greys, (ii) environmental changes that reduced the red squirrel population independent of the grey squirrel population, and (iii) introduction of diseases by the greys.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:n/a
Subjects:A - C > Biology and other natural sciences
Research Groups:Centre for Mathematical Biology
ID Code:516
Deposited By: Philip Maini
Deposited On:13 Dec 2006
Last Modified:29 May 2015 18:23

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