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Grey squirrels are abundant in forests in the UK and though people enjoy seeing them scampering up and down trees they cause a big problem through the damage they do to tree bark, which is particularly bad at this time of year. Squirrels strip the bark to get at the sugary sap beneath and can completely ring bark a branch or smaller tree which then dies. This gives SGCT a problem in that we end up with medium sized dead branches over paths which we have to pay a tree surgeon to climb and cut out the deadwood. It also means that many woodland trees either die or are badly disfigured which can lead to them becoming diseased. SGCT is in discussion with the Forestry Commission regarding a programme to reduce the number of grey squirrels in the future.