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The ecology of squirrels in spruce dominated plantations: Implications for forest management

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Peter Lurz, Dr Peter Garson, Professor Stephen Rushton


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Red Sciurus vulgaris and grey Sciurus carolinensis squirrel ecology in conifer forests in Europe is reviewed with reference to squirrels in similar habitats in North America. Red squirrels appear to perform best in conifer forests that contain a large proportion of pine Pinus spp., with or without Norway spruce Picea abies. Grey squirrels, in contrast, perform best in conifer plantations that have oak Quercus spp. and acorns available nearby. A generalised linear model to predict red squirrel density based on forest size, composition and the presence or absence of a Norway spruce cone crop is explained and forest management recommendations for a red squirrel conservation area in Kielder Forest are made.

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Author(s): Lurz PWW, Garson PJ, Rushton SP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Forest Ecology and Management

Year: 1995

Volume: 79

Issue: 1-2

Pages: 79-90

Print publication date: 01/11/1995

ISSN (print): 0378-1127

ISSN (electronic): 1872-7042

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/0378-1127(95)03617-2


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