BBC: Grey squirrels face massive cull

A massive cull of grey squirrels is to take place across Britain to try to halt declining numbers of the endangered native red population.

Biodiversity minister Jim Knight said "humane and targeted pest control" would cull greys in areas where red squirrels are being 'squeezed out'.

Most reds are confined to Cumbrian and Northumbrian conifer woods, the Isle of Wight and islands in Poole Harbour.

(…and Scotland, BBC. Let's not forget Scotland. You know, that place where BBC Scotland is based—where the whisky comes from.)

This squirrel decision is long overdue. The so-called animal rights people will probably go ballistic, but it needs doing. I hope the goverment has the guts to follow it through.

What I do object to, however, are the double-standards: over 120 million of our native wild animals are butchered each year by viscious predators that we maintain in unnaturally high and environmentally unsustainable populations by feeding them Whiskas™.

When is this brave Knight going to announce a nationwide cat cull?

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…You can't say I'm not consistent.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. The headline on the front of yesterday's 'Daily Mail' was 'FREE WILLY'
    It strikes me they'll give away anything to sell newspapers these days!
    But saying that, it beats sad old Terry & June DVDs.

  2. I live within 4 miles of Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. The squirrels we get in our garden are greyish brown (some are even brownish grey) so maybe they are already dealing with this problem themselves! Animals generally are far more intelligent than humans (except dogs) & can deal with their own evolution without the need for culls. (the 5 letter code is HRHXL, fat old queens springs to mind!)

  3. It's always welcome to see the Isle of Wight mentioned as a haven for red squirrels (as a former-islander I recall it usually hasn't been in the past); now speaking as an adopted scouser, I believe our ex-Wirralian webmaster ought to mention the wood-full of the ruddy buggers at Formby Point, Lancs, in his summary of red squirrel locations. They are a joy to behold (for those of us who have actually been there, as I'm sure our host must have done too).

  4. Minor correction - I realise that the Grutmeister was only quoting the BBC report. But he could have mentioned it anyway. (But he won't, now I've already done it.)

  5. Perhaps if scientists could cross a dog with a cat, we wouldn't have to keep on dodging the shit our lovely four legged friends & their (on the whole) selfish owners manage to leave wherever they choose to exercise fido!

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