Return of the Native: the Revival of Ireland’s Red Squirrel Population

Agridirect.ie discusses the revival of Ireland’s native red squirrel population, and explains how it is attributable to the return of the pine marten.

Harvest squirrels

Have you seen a red squirrel lately? In the last week, I have passed two on the drive to work. On both occasions, the squirrel dashed out in front of me and I had to jam on the brakes to avoid him.

Tiny and extremely fast, these beautiful creatures are not always easy to spot. At a distance you might mistake one for a rat or even a piece of material blowing across the road. They are distinguishable by a red tail as long as their minuscule bodies, by their attractive red coat with a white stripe on the chest, and by their tufty vertical ears.

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