Eurasian red squirrels have an innate appeal and are one of our most popular mammal species. They live in forests, share our parks and gardens and mesmerise us with their cute, captivating and endearing behaviour. The current volume offers an up-to-date overview of all aspects of red squirrel biology together with an extensive bibliography of published books, articles and research papers. The detailed and illustrated chapters provide a window into the hidden life of red squirrels and their fascinating ecology, population dynamics and behaviour. The book integrates material, research findings and images from across the red squirrel's Eurasian range, with particular attention being given to conservation efforts, favourable forest management options and the threat posed by the Eastern gray squirrel (also referred to as 'grey squirrel' in Europe). The latter has been responsible for devastating population declines of native red squirrels in the UK, Ireland and Italy and is likely to invade Switzerland and France in the near future. LANGUAGE: English
Dr. STEFAN BOSCH, Born 1962, lives in Southern Germany and works as an anaesthetist and as a emergency doctor for the air rescue service. His passion and curiosity have made him observe and study birds and mammals since his youth; he gives talks and organises excursions for the German Wildlife Trust (Naturschutzbund Deutschland). His observations and experiences have been published in numerous magazines, newspaper articles, scientific papers and books. For more than 20 years, he has also been an editorial member of the German Wildlife Magazine "Naturschutz heute". Dr. PETER W. W. LURZ, Lives in Scotland and is an internationally recognised tree squirrel expert. He has studied and carried out research on squirrel ecology, behaviour, competition and conservation in the UK, Italy and the USA for over 20 years. Although he has worked and published on hedgehogs, badgers, bats, arctic foxes, ducks and black grouse, his great passion have and continue to be squirrels. In Great Britain he has been involved in ecological research and in the development of monitoring and conservation strategies to protect the endangered red squirrel.