Reintroducing native red squirrels and humanely eradicating non-native grey squirrels are the goals of a wildlife project.
The Exmoor Squirrel Project is urging restaurant owners to serve grey squirrel and landowners to set live traps.
Acting manager Kerry Hosegood claimed that the grey squirrel was "wreaking havoc" on UK woodlands, causing tree damage that costs about £40 million annually.
We won't even be able to recognize our landscapes any longer, she warned, if we don't put good action plans in place.
"Our woodlands, landscape, and biodiversity are not prepared to handle the behaviors of the gray. ".
Grey squirrels attack trees for food and rob them, the project claims, "eventually leading to tree death.".
"Over 150 years, it's been destroying so much of our nature, and our woodlands can't repair themselves quickly enough," said Ms. Hosegood.
"Our UK woodlands are being severely damaged by the grey squirrel.
"We don't like to go out and just target greys and say, "Let's remove all of them. It's a very important project, and there are many managed plans in place for how it will actually be handled.
The red squirrel, which is native to this country, is now thought to be extinct in Great Britain, where there are currently thought to be three million invasive grey squirrels. ".
According to Ms. Hosegood, the group would like to promote the use of grey squirrels on menus as a way to reduce waste.
She explained that because the Exmoor region has some excellent restaurants, "we're going to introduce them to them.".
There is no waste present. Instead of being buried, they will be used for something constructive.