Pine Martens Decimating Midlands Grey Squirrels

Written 4 months ago by Newsroom


Pine martens are decimating the grey squirrel population in the Midlands.

A Zoology lecturer in NUI Galway is calling on people across Laois, Offaly and Westmeath to take part in their survey which is trying to track the distribution of both species, as well as red squirrels.

Dr Colin Lawton says the red variation – native to Ireland – isn’t feeling the same impact, possibly because they’re smaller and spend less time on the ground.

He insists more records are needed to be sure;