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Photographer's Note

This picture is for Malgo (emka) who today showed us a beautiful scene of red squirrels frolicking in her local Lazienki Park in Warsaw.

Here in Britain, however, red squirrels are far more timid and are very difficult to approach and the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is becoming increasingly rare since the introduction of the grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) from North America. The grey squirrel is a larger and much more prolific and adaptable creature than the red squirrel and competes for food with its smaller red cousin. The grey squirrel also carries a disease, the squirrel parapoxvirus or squirrelpox, that does not appear to affect their health but will often kill the red squirrel.

Projects throughout Britain, like the SSRS, are attempting to save the red squirrel population and destroy the grey variety which are now considered vermin.

This photo was taken in the wonderful Eskrigg Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Lockerbie from the closest I could get to this little creature - probably at least 15 metres - with a 400mm lens.

You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.

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