Predominantly grey fur, but it can have a brownish color. It has a white underside and a large bushy tail. The head and body length is from 230 to 300mm, the tail from 190 to 250mm and the adult weight varies between 400 and 600 grams.
Habitat & Breeding
Found throughout most of southern England (except the Isle of Wight), Wales, some parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Omnivores, they are active during the day feeding on nuts, seeds, insects and in urban areas, waste food products and rubbish. They hoard food throughout autumn for preserves through the winter months. Breeding tends to be over this period, usually December to February and again March to May. Gestation period is typically 6 to 7 weeks with 2 litters produced a year. They usually consist of 1 to 8 young with an average lifespan of around 8-9 years. Grey squirrels can cause serious problems for foresters, native wildlife and gamekeepers. Bark stripping from tree trunks during the months of May and June damages stands of timber and natural woodland. In spring, the taking of eggs and young chicks can be devastating for songbird and ground nesting bird populations. The grey squirrel is also a significant factor in the decline of the native red squirrel population as they can carry the squirrel pox virus and also compete with them for food sources.