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2014-02-25 06:05:48

Queen's University Belfast Native red squirrels have declined throughout Britain and Ireland for the last century due to a combination of habitat loss and the introduction of the North American eastern grey squirrel. But more recently its few remaining populations have been devastated by an insidious pox virus passed to them by the alien invaders. A study by the biodiversity and conservation research center Quercus at Queen's University Belfast (QUB), and published in the journal PLOS...

Formby’s Red Squirrel Population Recovering After Outbreak Of Squirrelpox
2013-11-27 10:42:33

[ Watch The Video: Red Squirrels Beat the Pox ] University of Liverpool A study by the University of Liverpool has found that the red squirrel population along the Sefton coastline seems to be recovering from a serious outbreak of squirrelpox in 2008. Researchers from the University, in collaboration with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, have been monitoring the red squirrel population at the Seaforth Coastal reserve, which had fallen by 85% as a result of the outbreak. Squirrel pox...

2012-04-27 21:41:07

Scientists develop techniques to avoid repeat of red squirrel catastrophe DISASTROUS disease outbreaks like the one which led to the decimation of the red squirrel in Britain can now be avoided through the implementation of new preventive measures developed by UK scientists. Researchers at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) looked at the disease risks associated with moving wild animals (translocation), and worked out the key baseline data required to predict the outcome of wild...

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2009-04-23 13:24:56

Several organizations are vowing to support the revitalization of the dwindling red squirrel population in Europe. The red squirrel used to dominate the countryside, with more than 3.5 million strong. But now, only about 150,000 remain. Of the remaining, about 75 percent roam the wild in Scotland, and the rest are in protection in northern England. Organizations blame the red squirrel's American cousin, the grey squirrel, for the population decline. Grey squirrels were brought to country...

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2008-10-15 15:35:00

Scientists in the UK have discovered that some red squirrels have developed immunity to a disease that has posed a threat to the endangered animals. Introduced to the UK from North America in the late 19th Century, grey squirrels are known to spread the pox, and while it has no affect on them, red squirrels who are exposed to the disease will die within weeks. But a new study published in EcoHealth found that a vaccine could bring hope to red squirrels. As the grey squirrels increased their...

2006-08-22 07:10:00

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's native red squirrels, already in headlong retreat, are being wiped out not just by competition for resources with non-indigenous gray squirrels but from a virus the grays carry, research showed on Monday. The squirrel poxvirus is harmless to the grays but kills reds within two weeks of contact, said the researchers from Newcastle University and Queen Mary, University of London among others. In the absence of a vaccine, they proposed killing gray...

2006-08-21 10:18:22

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's native red squirrels, already in headlong retreat, are being wiped out not just by competition for resources with non-indigenous gray squirrels but from a virus the grays carry, research showed on Monday. The squirrel poxvirus is harmless to the grays but kills reds within two weeks of contact, said the researchers from Newcastle University and Queen Mary, University of London among others. In the absence of a vaccine, they proposed...

2006-08-21 10:15:00

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's native red squirrels, already in headlong retreat, are being wiped out not just by competition for resources with non-indigenous gray squirrels but from a virus the grays carry, research showed on Monday. The squirrel poxvirus is harmless to the grays but kills reds within two weeks of contact, said the researchers from Newcastle University and Queen Mary, University of London among others. In the absence of a vaccine, they proposed killing gray...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'