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

…and his generosity in sharing his ideas with everybody so welcome! Peter has definitely become a leading force in getting the squirrel volunteers of South Scotland united by making it simple for squirrel groups to communicate with each other. I am very much looking forward to what he comes up with next and I can’t wait to work together to […]

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Studying the life of the urban red squirrel

…practices (i.e. cleaning feeders regularly and with disinfectant) for reducing the risk of squirrelpox outbreaks. For the final chapter of my thesis, I aim to collate all of my findings to produce management recommendations for the study site and other red squirrel strongholds, in order to benefit long-term conservation efforts. We need to make sure that we make space for […]

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Squirrel Sightings: an inside look

to have volunteers able to verify sightings in their areas to help with the task. Some sightings require action, especially grey sightings, as this is useful information for our grey squirrel control officers and volunteers as to where to focus their efforts. Most red sightings can be confirmed straight away, but if there is a comment that it looked sick,… […]

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Get Involved

…Red Squirrel Forum for South Scotland. Network directory Landowner support The help of landowners, foresters and gamekeepers is crucial to the success of Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels. Landowners in certain areas can control grey squirrels under Forestry Grant Scheme funding, or join the project’s trap-loan scheme. Our Conservation Officers are working to help make red squirrel conservation easy for landowners… […]

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News: Record participation in national squirrel survey

…in Scotland. Dr Mel Tonkin, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels Project Manager said: “We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to report a squirrel sighting during the survey. It’s been inspiring to see more people than ever taking time to enjoy nature and on the look-out for squirrels.” “Reporting a squirrel sighting is a small act that helps to […]

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Squirrelpox: Staying ahead of the spread

…in the nearby landscape to be at risk from disease. If the virus continues to spread through the grey squirrel population of the Lowlands however, it will eventually arrive in areas where red squirrels thrive. By testing we can forewarn people living in those areas, which may give them time to organise some protection for local red squirrels.   Landowners,… […]

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Speakers FAQs

…ensure everything is lined up correctly on the day. Where do I send my pre-recorded presentation? Please send your video files to Gill Hatcher (ghatcher@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk) no later than Friday 19 November. Trust employees – the best way to send large files is to create a OneDrive folder and share it with Gill (see Mycelium for guidance). If using a service… […]

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Welcoming volunteers back into the field this Volunteers’ Week

…December volunteer announcement, grey squirrel control volunteers can continue their work in the field   We ask those looking to return to volunteering, to be proactive in monitoring changing Covid-19 guidelines in your local authority area, by regularly visiting https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/. Prior to commencing any new activities, a Covid-19 Risk Assessment will need to be reviewed. This can be accessed through… […]

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This Year's Sightings