Author Topic: What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?  (Read 1112 times)

Wowbagger

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What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?
« on: October 26, 2014, 04:19:05 pm »
Yesterday Nikki, Clarion, Butterfly (carrying Nye) and I walked from the camp site by the A21 to Bewl Water, a distance of almost 3 miles. On the way I collected a pocked full of sweet chestnuts. Some of these I teased from their bright-green-hedgehog casings with my boots, others were just lying around.

Squirrels haven't mastered the art of opening sweet chestnut casings as they are jut too spiky. However, in Essex, where there are also plenty of sweet chestnut trees, there are loads of grey squirrels and any loose nuts are hoovered up very quickly. Yesterday we didn't see any squirrels at all whereas on a walk in the Essex countryside there would have been lots.

The chestnuts are now roasting in the oven. I haven't heard any explosions yet. I did take the precaution of puncturing each one with a carving fork, but in my experience that doesn't always allow the egress of all teh water vapour produced.
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Re: What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2014, 04:27:29 pm »
Picked up 3.5kg of chestnuts at our usual tree in the Chilterns a week or so ago.

Ignored by everyone else using the adjacent National Trust car park.

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Re: What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2014, 04:30:29 pm »
We used to have loads of sweet chestnut trees in the Tees Valley when I was wardening.  They don't usually fruit at this latitude though.  I wonder if they did this year.
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Re: What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2014, 04:59:04 pm »
Most years we don't get much of a crop round here. The "hedgehogs" usually contain just three empty shells. I think this year has been quite good though: warm and not too dry. In fact, there are signs that the nuts have expanded after having ripened, judging by the number of splits in the shells. Those I saw in Sussex were better, I think, than any I have seen in Essex, though.
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Re: What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2014, 05:26:15 pm »
Always leave one unpunctured to serve as a timer.

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Re: What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2014, 11:25:20 am »
The real answer to Wow's question is "who cares?" :demon:

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Re: What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2014, 05:36:24 pm »
:)
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Re: What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2014, 06:16:58 pm »
The real answer to Wow's question is "who cares?" :demon:

A pox on the grey tree rat...

Agreed. I want to know what Sussex did to them so that we in Essex can do the same.
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Re: What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2014, 11:30:56 am »
A question I was asking myself just yesterday, on a brief cycle Sunday morning. Where are the little hoppy things, that always wait until you're almost in line with them, and then dash out in the road across your path. But very few squirrels around it would appear.

Very odd.

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Certainly never seen cycling south of Sussex

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Re: What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2014, 01:16:52 pm »
The real answer to Wow's question is "who cares?" :demon:

A pox on the grey tree rat...

Agreed. I want to know what Sussex did to them so that we in Essex can do the same.

Purged by the reds?

Err, hang on ...

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Re: What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2014, 03:55:43 pm »
The real answer to Wow's question is "who cares?" :demon:

A pox on the grey tree rat...

Agreed. I want to know what Sussex did to them so that we in Essex can do the same.

Purged by the reds?

Err, hang on ...

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Re: What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2014, 04:01:44 pm »
Sent them to France?  I've seen a couple here this year for the first time ever. Still got lots of reds, though.
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Re: What happened to all the grey squirrels in Sussex?
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2014, 04:42:54 pm »
I want to know what Sussex did to them so that we in Essex can do the same.

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