Journal article

Conservation of genetic uniqueness in remaining populations of red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris L.) in the South of England

Emilie A Hardouin, Miguel Baltazar-Soares, Anna-Katarina Schilling, Helen Butler, Oxala Garcia-Rodriguez, Eloise Crowley, Wei-Jun Liang, Anna Meredith, Peter WW Lurz, Jane Forster, Robert E Kenward, Kathy H Hodder

ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

The Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is an emblematic species for conservation, and its decline in the British Isles exemplifies the impact that alien introductions can have on native ecosystems. Indeed, red squirrels in this region have declined dramatically over the last 60 years due to the spread of squirrelpox virus following the introduction of the gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). Currently, red squirrel populations in Britain are fragmented and need to be closely monitored in order to assess their viability and the effectiveness of conservation efforts. The situation is even more dramatic in the South of England, where S. vulgaris survives only on islands (Brownsea Island,..

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