A red squirrel foraging nuts in a tree
“Nuts!”, Eurasian red squirrel (Scurius vulgaris), 2015.

The red squirrel is the native specie of squirrel in temperate areas of Eurasian continent.

Although widespread it is endangered in some places, especially in the United Kingdom where the population is dwindling at fast rate everywhere safe Scotland.

The introduction of the North-American grey squirrel is often used as the single explanation of this, but, although the grey squirrel indeed plays a role, the first reason of the disappearance of the red squirrel is the destruction of its habitat by human activities. The fragmentation of forests by roads and the roadkills that follow are especially harmful to the squirrels, but the intensive exploitation of forest, pollution and the proliferation of cats take also their toll on them. It is what cause the red squirrel population to be weakened and unable to resist the pressure of the competition with the grey squirrel.

Tools and exifs:

  • Canon EOS 450D + Canon 55-250 IS
  • 220mm
  • 1/400 s.
  • f/5.6
  • ISO 800

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