Images of Saving Britain’s Native Squirrel

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By Rebecca Witt


Earlier this year, student and wildlife photographer Rebecca Witt spent some time with Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels as part of her mission to capture Britain’s red squirrel conservation movement on camera.

Hello! My name is Rebecca and I had the pleasure of working with Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) for my final year university project about red squirrel conservation in the UK. Throughout the last year, I have travelled across the UK to photograph and document the various ways we help red squirrel populations, and the people that are behind these important projects and initiatives.

Thanks to SSRS, I had the opportunity to learn more about their Spring Survey. The survey is completed every year to gain a better understanding of which areas are inhabited by red and grey squirrels, and any population changes that occur with both species.

I spent the day with Val, a volunteer in Southern Scotland, and she kindly took me to two different sites that she monitors every two weeks during the survey period. It was lovely to meet her and see first-hand the work that she and many others dedicate to conserving our only native squirrel.

The photographs below feature the survey process with Val, and exactly what she gets up to on her visits. If you like what you see, then more of my project can be seen at:

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