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Epping Forest - Mammals/Deer & Squirrels

2011.09.22
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Species of fallow deer found in Britain were introduced by the Normans in the 10th century.
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Food & feeding. Preferential grazers of grasses although trees and dwarf shrub shoots will be taken during autumn and winter.
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Life span. Exceptionally, 16 years, bucks (males) rarely exceed 8 to 10 years.
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Habitat. Mature broadleaf woodland with under-storey, open coniferous woodland, open agricultural land.
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Peak times of activity are at dawn and dusk. Most hours of the day time are spent "lying up", which is where the deer lies down to ruminate between feeding bouts.
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The Black Fallow of Epping Forest are rumoured to have been introduced by James I who brought them from Norway and then to Epping Forest.
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The North American grey squirrel was deliberately introduced to Britain and other parts of Europe during the 19th Century.
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despite being released merely as a curiosity to satisfy the Victorian penchant for novelty, the adaptable and hardy grey squirrel has thrived in Britain’s parks, gardens and woodlands.
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it has now become so widespread, that it is accepted by many as a natural part of our wildlife, much enjoyed by many people and perhaps one of the most commonly seen British mammals.
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Eastern Grey Squirrel - Sciurus Carolinensis
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The grey squirrel is able to out-compete the red in almost every phase of their life history and it is also thought that the grey squirrel is more resistant to disease than the red
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Eastern Grey Squirrel - Sciurus Carolinensis
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Eastern Grey Squirrel - Sciurus Carolinensis
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Eastern Grey Squirrel - Sciurus Carolinensis
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Eastern Grey Squirrel - Sciurus Carolinensis
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Eastern Grey Squirrel - Sciurus Carolinensis
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4 Comments
kristenwilliams Beautiful. :)
kristenwilliams · 2011-09-22: 10:26
breizh Never seen so many squirrells ...
breizh · 2011-10-12: 18:33
SADHYA Lovely shots.
I do wish your signature was a little more discreet. I find myself saying Mossy, Mossy, Mossy to myself as I look at each image!
SADHYA · 2011-10-13: 04:25
wiresnail funny squirrells :)
wiresnail · 2011-10-28: 13:02
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