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- n. Plural form of drey.
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Winter tree nests (called dreys) are often shared for warmth where tree squirrels keep warm by snuggling with their family members.
Above me against the harsh sky in the bare treetops, there were tatty old twiggy nests and heaped squirrel dreys like footballs of leaves stretching all the way down the hill, ten dark clumps through the wood.
I pass three dreys in the complex old pollard oaks in the lane.
The dreys are ingeniously thatched on top with the pale-blond dried leaves and stalks of the maize that is grown in wide bands along the edges of the woods and the lane as pheasant cover.
Now that it is winter time, dreys are much easier to spot.
Squirrels are often found dead in their dreys (Gurnell 1987).
Miss McNeil said: 'Red squirrels build their dreys out of twigs, moss, leaves and anything else they can find, such as string.