Black Squirrels

Cottenham black squirrel

Nothing is black and white, or should that be grey and black?

As I type, I can see two grey squirrels chasing around my back garden, doing the kinds of things swuirrels usually do. But, there’s no sign of the slightly fluffier black squirrel we’ve been seeing around these parts since last November. I’m not worried for Cyril (obvious name really) but curious as to how the ecological dynamic is being disturbed by the grey incomers. Ironic really, given that the black is a simple genetic variant of the American grey and neither are native to the UK. We have our own red squirrel, which is increasingly rare even up North.