Scotland’s Red Squirrels

…pine forests of the Highlands.   Under threat Red squirrel populations have seriously declined, with only around 120,000 remaining in Scotland today. In some places they have not been seen for many years. The greatest threat to the red squirrel’s future in Scotland is the invasive non-native grey squirrel. Larger and more robust, grey squirrels out-compete red squirrels for food… […]

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Celebrating a red squirrel champion

In 2018 Peter was asked by SSRS to found the Red Squirrel Forum for South Scotland as the umbrella organisation run by volunteers for all the volunteers in the squirrel groups and networks (now 18 with around 350 members) in South Scotland. The Forum acts as a bridge with other red squirrel organisations in the UK, helping to keep the […]

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News: Record participation in national squirrel survey

…of grey squirrels concentrated in the built-up area. Here, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working to contain the overspill of grey squirrels into Aberdeenshire. For the last twelve years, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels has implemented control measures along the Highland Line from the Gare Loch to Montrose to contain the incursion of the non-native grey squirrel into red squirrel strongholds… […]

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Partners & Funders

…cultural heritage, promote the sustainable use of the natural resources of the area, promote understanding and enjoyment (including enjoyment in the form of recreation) of the special qualities of the area by the public, and promote sustainable social and economic development of the communities of the area. Visit website Other funders We are also grateful to the following funders and… […]

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Squirrelpox: Staying ahead of the spread

for red squirrels and, in the longer term, reduce the rate of transmission of the virus. If you are interested in getting involved to help slow the spread of squirrelpox , please get in touch, or read our Squirrelpox Action in the Central Lowlands Toolkit for more information. Read the full report: Squirrelpox Detection in the Central Lowlands 2017-2020  … […]

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Studying the life of the urban red squirrel

…attach radio collars. Trapping was carried out in the National Trust-owned woodlands immediately adjacent to the town and in the residential gardens of local volunteers. The radio-collared individuals were then regularly tracked throughout the summer and their locations recorded, to investigate how red squirrels move around the town and make use of the available resources. Alongside the live-capture trapping and… […]

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Community Hub FAQs

…year? Yes, your group’s map shows sightings from the current year (starting in January), and you can filter for the years with the dropdown above the map. On the other hand, the map on the public SSRS homepage shows national sightings from the previous 12 months. What does the map Layers button do? On the group homepage map, the Layers… […]

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Get Involved

…currently thriving, and reduce the risk of squirrelpox outbreaks in your local area. There are a number of ways to get involved in our trap-loan scheme at different stages of the process. All our volunteers are provided with the support and training they need to participate. Contact us or join our online Community Hub to get involved Join a local… […]

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News: Help stop the spread of grey squirrels in the Mearns

…not only threatens the local red squirrel population in the Mearns but it could also jeopardise the project’s success in Aberdeen. The introduction of squirrelpox into North East Scotland could be devastating for the core populations of red squirrels in the north of Scotland. For more information about volunteering with Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels visit scottishsquirrels.org.uk.   VIEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES… […]

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Speakers FAQs

the same as the default (widescreen) PowerPoint. Videos should ideally be mp4 files but other formats may be acceptable – contact us for advice. Should I introduce myself at the beginning of my talk? Yes please! Each session will have a brief introduction, but individual talks will run consecutively so let the audience know who you are at the beginning… […]

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This Year's Sightings