Basically a rodent, with a different tail. Flying rodents, that’s all they are. Good for nothing—apart from shooting.
Well, and paté.
Some people may find this equally true of red squirrels, but red squirrels have acquired a groundswell of support in the wake of their endangerment from aggression and squirrelpox thanks to the gray squirrel, a Victorian import from North America. Britain has adopted a policy of working to stem the tide of gray squirrels—which dramatically outnumber red squirrels, and have completely displaced the reds in most of England—hoping that control will enable the reds to bounce back as they slowly develop resistance to squirrelpox.
Watch Nutkin’s Last Stand, a POV documentary.