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Squirrel-free on a wing and a preyer | Brief letters

Protecting trees | Anti-growth subscription fee | Mangling English | Letting off steam

We own a few acres of woods in the Atlantic rainforest, in west Wales. Mark Cocker recommends the introduction of pine martens for combating squirrel damage to trees (Country diary, 4 October). We have had our woods for 11 years, and I cannot remember the last time I saw a squirrel. The answer is the presence of our resident goshawk. We see it several times a year, yet we have a very healthy native bird population. Goshawks are resident in Berlin’s city parks, eating squirrels and magpies. What’s not to like?
Jill Moss
Chester

• I’m a member of the Labour party, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the RSPB and the Magic Circle. Would it be possible to consolidate all my subs into one anti-growth coalition membership to save on fees? I also live in north London, so would I get a discount on my taxi fares to BBC studios?
Ian Saville
London

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