red squirrel

(Sciurus vulgaris)

The red squirrel is native but has been displaced from much of lowland Britain by the grey squirrel. It persists in extensive areas of mature conifer woodland, favouring Scots pine. Before 1900 population numbers were sufficiently high to cause widespread red squirrel damage in maturing conifer plantations, at least in Scotland.

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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