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Black Squirrels in Britain

By - Richard Muirhead

Britain's populations of Grey Squirrels Sciurus carolinensis and Red Squirrels S. vulgaris are familiar to most people, but less well known are the black squirrels of Hertfordshire, which are melanistic versions of the Grey Squirrel. Melanism occurs when a particularly dominant male or fertile female carries a deficiency or aberration of a single gene or a recessive gene which tends towards the passing-on of black coloration.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist