How can we reduce road deaths?

…use of 6 different rope bridges. It was shown that rope bridges can be successfully installed in areas of high squirrel populations to connect areas of habitat, that there is little or no habituation period required by the squirrels before the bridges are used, and that baiting of the bridges will increase their use. A red squirrel caught on camera… […]

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Moving forward with the Red Squirrel Forum for South Scotland

…people to get involved, for instance carrying out surveys, record keeping and fundraising. There is a need for more public engagement in the region. In particular, volunteers who can educate and inspire young people can help to ensure that there is a long-term future for South Scotland’s red squirrels. It’s inspiring to be around so many dedicated people all working… […]

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An update on the Heathhall squirrelpox outbreak

…and our initial response here. One of the infected red squirrels, photographed by Lisa Fuller Our first action was to remove any feeder boxes that had been installed in the woodland, to reduce inter-species and intra-species contact and therefore reduce the chances of the disease spreading further. We then set up live traps in the area with two aims. Firstly,… […]

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Knitadermy

…‘I’ve been guerrilla knitting for quite a few years now along with running the Deeside Knitwits community knitting group. Each year we make a knitted installation to help raise awareness and funds for local charities.   We started off showing our knitted nonsense at Voluntary Services Aberdeen’s Easter Anguston Farm in Peterculter. Our projects included a 20 metre long snake,… […]

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The Story of Rusty the Red

…be undertaken by experienced professionals and that the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) should always be contacted in the first instance upon finding an injured red squirrel. Over to Dawn and Terry… ‘Rusty was brought in to the vets on 20th August after being found on a road. At that point he weighed 80g and… […]

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Community action in Galloway

…we arrive to do something about it. But if we can keep the greys at bay, and thereby reduce the risk of a pox outbreak, I think we can expect to hold on to our reds for a long time to come. Road sign installed at Cally Woods, an area popular with red squirrels and tourists alike! Community support Our… […]

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Suspected Squirrelpox outbreak near Dumfries threatens local red squirrel population

…in Dumfries where they will be assessed and either treated or euthanised. “There are very few instances of red squirrels surviving the disease. Nonetheless, the South West Scotland Wildlife Hospital is on standby to receive any sick red squirrels into their isolation unit if a vet deems that they may have a chance of recovery.” Locals can help prevent further… […]

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Squirrel Sightings: an inside look

…we will contact the person who reported it for more details. We keep a careful eye out for indications of squirrelpox virus, as we would want to prevent as far as possible the spread of the disease to other red squirrels via feeders. Sometimes we get a report of a squirrel that turns out to be very important, for instance… […]

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Busy breeding

…have, will help monitoring and protection of this iconic species   Sarah is a freelance writer with a background in veterinary medicine. A subsequent PhD and a qualification in conservation medicine has guided her writing which is inspired by the natural world. She covers all manner of wildlife, conservation and environmental issues. Mail: writesforwildlife@gmail.com Web: www.writesforwildlife.com Twitter: @writes4wildlife Instagram: writesforwildlife… […]

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Argaty Red Kites celebrate their other star species with a new red squirrel hide

…their old territories. The Argaty Red Kite project has also played an important role, installing red squirrel nest boxes and supporting our population monitoring work. The fact that Argaty now has a strong and secure enough red squirrel population to invest in a dedicated hide is hugely encouraging, and a perfect example of how red squirrel conservation benefits both people… […]

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