Prince Charles has backed a government plan to sterilise Cornish grey squirrels using traps filled with Nutella.

The totally nuts idea is looking to reduce the population of the grey squirrels in the county and the rest of the UK to protect Britain’s native red squirrels species.

According to the £39,000 scheme the grey rodents will be lured into eating an oral contraceptive, which the government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) believe will reduce their numbers by more than 90%, from 3.5 million to less than 300,000 over five years.

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