On medium to large estates it is easy for pest species to gain a foothold. Squirrels are no different and will take full advantage of what estates have to offer.
Squirrels are adept at stripping tree bark. They tend to carry this out between the months of April to July. This will often result in mature trees losing limbs or completely dying off. This can have costly consequences for the trees that are to be harvested. Many estates will also have arboretums, significantly aged trees and woodland areas that are at risk of squirrel damage.
The non-indigenous grey squirrel is renowned for pushing out the red squirrel due to its dominance within the woodlands and its ability to carry squirrel pox.
Grey squirrels will feed and forage on fallen seeds from naturally regenerating trees and shrubs, this can have an effect on growth structure and the diversity of the woodland itself.
Squirrels can be instrumental in the decline of nesting birds and their eggs due to food competition in the local area.
Squirrels are known for feeding from and damaging pheasant feeders. This may have wider implications for the birds you are trying to rear in the surrounding area.
The use of warfarin (squirrel poison) is now banned. Agripest are specialists in the use of live catch traps, snares and various other techniques. Sourcing a professional company with solid expertise in this area will ensure trees and local wildlife remain protected. This will save on costly future interventions and safeguard the estate environment.