Greater Protection for Red Squirrels
The “buffer zones” which protect red squirrel populations in the North of England from the encroachment of grey squirrels have been widened. Lord Rooker, Minister for the Environment, said that Natural England had taken the action as a “precautionary measure”. Red squirrel populations in England have been decimated by the squirrel pox virus, carried by the grey squirrel but harmless to them.
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