Assessing grey squirrel dispersal patterns within the landscape using sequence variation

Stevenson-Holt, Claire D., Ramsey, Andrew D., Nevin, Owen and Sinclair, Billy (2012) Assessing grey squirrel dispersal patterns within the landscape using sequence variation. Landscape Research, 38 (4). pp. 553-559.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2012.668179

Abstract

The grey squirrel Sciurus carolinensis is thought to have contributed to the decline of red squirrel S. vulgaris populations in the UK through resource competition and disease spread. This study used mtDNA sequencing to assess patterns of grey squirrel dispersal in the UK. Patterns of genetic variation within the dloop sequence were characterised for seven grey squirrel populations. Infiltration directions and potential barriers to dispersal are identified and discussed, with a focus on Cumbria, a county at the forefront of grey squirrel expansion. Understanding the dynamics of grey squirrel dispersal will aid their management at a landscape scale and enhance the conservation of red squirrels.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Landscape Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1572-9761
Departments: Centre for Wildlife Conservation
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2016 11:45
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2017 07:01
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1984

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