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L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Red squirrel threats and habitats

The red squirrel has a typical head and body length of 19 to 23cm and a tail length of 15 to 20cm.

Red squirrels are the only type of squirrel found in Jersey. The red squirrel was introduced to Jersey by local naturalists in 1885 and has colonised in our small woodlands ever since. The Island is an important refuge for this vulnerable species.

Early in the 20th century, grey squirrels from North America were introduced to mainland Britain. The aggressive grey squirrel competes fiercely with the native red squirrel. This has caused a dramatic decline in red squirrels in Britain to the point of almost extinction. Fortunately, grey squirrels were never introduced to Jersey.

Threats

The biggest threats to Jersey's red squirrel population are cars, cats and the fact that the small areas of woodland in the Island are fragmented. 20,000 hedgerow trees have been planted to provide cover along the routes used by squirrels to get from one woodland to another.

Many squirrels make use of feeding stations in private gardens. You can purchase squirrel feeders at local garden centres.

Where to see red squirrels

Some locations to see red squirrels in Jersey include:

  • the Railway Walk
  • St Catherine's Woods 
  • St Peter's Valley

Red squirrel disease monitoring programme on JSPCA website
Conservation of Wildlife (Jersey) Law 2000 on Jersey Legal Information Board website

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