Drowning Grey Squirrels for Pleasure and Profit

This here news report struck a chord with me

Its the story of one of those grey-bearded know-it-alls who creates a “society” or “activist group” for a previously unheard of, obscure and bizarre cause and then seeks out maximum publicity by doing something outrageous and hence outraging a newspaper columnist.

OK, so I don’t know if the person in question has a grey beard, but most of them do, it would however be ironic if the man in question did have a grey beard since his obscure and bizarre cause is opposed to the grey squirrels domination of the English countryside in favour of the red squirrel.

Frankly I have just a tad more to do with my life than worry about squirrels and have thus far successfully lived my life under the rule of law that says that nature usually formats its own, in other words if the red squirrel grew some balls then it would see off any neighbouring grey squirrels, the fact that this does not happen can be written down and summarised in one word “Nature”, thats the way its is.

It was the same situation last year when we partly demolished a hedge in our garden and exposed a blackbirds nest with four chicks in it, after our escapade the chicks sat perched in their nest on top of the hedge rather than hidden inside it – Smithy was distraught and rang me incessantly over several days asking if the chicks were still safe and I lied to him until the day I told him they had now all grown up and flown away – in truth some Magpies ate them as soon as we turned our back on the nest – Nature.

So this self-proclaimed saviour of the red squirrel caught himself a grey one and drowned it, then rang the RSPCA up and told them, challenging them to prosecute him for cruelty as he proclaims to have immunity from such, the grey squirrel being, in his eyes, “a pest”.

And reading the report reminded me of a conversation I had in a pub with an old friend of ours last month – the topic of conversation somehow wound its way around the houses until it came to bird watching and he revealed that he was an avid bird watcher and as I mentioned the tale of the chicks in the nest being eaten by Magpies and Smithy fainted as my subterfuge in the affair, this other person revealed that grey squirrels were the biggest culprit for taking chicks from nests for culinary purposes, and to this effect he regularly caught grey squirrels in some cages that he had bought specially for doing so – and then he regularly dumped the cage, interred squirrel and all, in a water butt – which was strangely the exact same method of disposal that the grey beard in the story used.

And the RSPCA lost their case, so look out grey tree-rats.

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3 thoughts on “Drowning Grey Squirrels for Pleasure and Profit

  1. I don’t agree with what the man did, but I should point out that Grey Squirrels did not arrive here naturally, so any natural selection arguments are completely unfounded. Grey Squirrels were introduced by man. They did not arrive here naturally, so it is not nature at all. Grey Squirrels do not belong in this country.

    If Greys were here naturally, you would sort of have a point. But this is not the case.

    The Red Squirrel decline is not “natural” in any way. It is not a result of natural selection. It is a result of humans introducing an alien pest into Britain.

  2. You could though use the same argument against tens, probably hundreds of thousands of species of plant, mammal and insect on these isles, indeed my garden is probably full of plants that wouldn’t be here were it not for importation by man somewhere down the line, if it thrives then so be it.

  3. Actually, you couldn’t. If it has a niche in the countryside, it belongs here. The Grey Squirrel does not have a niche and does not belong here. Whether or not it thrives is irrelevant. What is relevant is the damage it does to native species.

    Grey Squirrels do not have a niche. They have a much higher breeding capacity than Reds, which means the Grey Squirrels cannot have a place in the countryside without forcing native species out in the process. If it doesn’t fit properly into the countryside, then it shouldn’t be here. Some introduced species do no harm, and some can be beneficial. The Grey Squirrel, however, is not one of these cases.

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