Today I was back up at Formby to join a guided walk to discover some of the Fungi that can be found in the pine woods (But more of that later).
After the walk I had time to walk round the local Squirrel Reserve. A few years ago the Red Squirrel population was decimated by Squirrelpox. The virus is carried by the invasive Grey Squirrels and has destroyed over 90% of the reds in England and Wales since 1952. The virus is harmless to the greys, which were introduced to Britain from the US in1876. However it is deadly to the reds and causes lesions which become infected.
Happily the colony at Formby survived and is now once again beginning to thrive.
Someone had scattered some nuts and a couple of squirrels came to feed. They came fairly close but I still needed by 300mm lens. It was reasonably bright but the best I could manage was 1/125 sec at f7.1 on ISI 1600.
Here are some of my images.
It has just been reported that the Squirrelpox virus has been detected in the colony of reds on Anglesey.