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Anyone for grey squirrel pie? Victorian delicacy enjoys revival in bid to save red cousins from extinction
It was a popular delicacy served up until the last century when it dropped off Britain’s menu. But grey squirrel pie is currently enjoying a revival due to attempts to save its less aggressive red cousins from extinction. Thousands of grey squirrels have been sold to restaurants, butchers and are on sale at farmer’s markets after being legally trapped and shot in woodland and rural areas.
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‘We do squirrel pie and it’s selling very well at the moment and I can see it being on people’s menu much more in the coming years.’
Pest controller Paul Parker moved from Newcastle to the south of England to trap grey squirrels to provide restaurants. The father-of-three is a founder of the Red Squirrel Protection Partnership, which argues that trapping and shooting grey squirrels, which came from America, is the only way to save the native red from extinction.