Long-term scatterhoarding by Eurasian red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris)

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Hoarding behavious, seed species hoarded and hoarding intensity by red squirrels (Sclurus vulgaris L.) are described for two population; one in a coniferous woodland with few deciduous trees, the other in a mixed deciduous woodland with some conifers. Seasonal variation in the recovery of hoards and the importance of hoarded food with regard to a squirrel's annual energy demands are discussed. The importance of having hoards is compared among tree squirrel species.

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