News: The Great Scottish Squirrel Survey returns in an important year for squirrel sightings

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels is calling on the public to take part in the nationwide Great Scottish Squirrel Survey between 20-26 September (National Red Squirrel Week). Now in its third year, the survey is needed more than ever due to the impact of Covid-19. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) is a partnership project led by […]

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News: Take a red squirrel ramble with new digital walking routes

  A series of digitally guided walking routes have been launched by the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project to help visitors and locals discover more about one of the country’s most iconic yet threatened mammals.   Known for their red squirrel populations, the selected sites will provide an opportunity for a wild […]

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

  Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels is appealing for help to stop the spread of grey squirrels into the Mearns region of Aberdeenshire.   Recently a number of grey squirrels have been found north of the River North Esk in areas including Marykirk, St Cyrus and Benholm. Without urgent action, local red squirrel populations in the […]

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News: New research underway to trace the steps of urban squirrels

  Ground-breaking research which aims to better understand how grey squirrels use the urban environment will take place in Aberdeen this year.   The study is led by Dr Louise de Raad, Research Fellow at Inverness College UHI, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, in collaboration with the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Saving […]

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Coronavirus: Temporary suspension of SSRS non-essential volunteer work

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  Following the latest government guidelines, it has been agreed between Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels and the Scottish Wildlife Trust that all volunteer work, with the exception of essential grey squirrel control volunteers, will be temporarily suspended with immediate effect.   As we prepare for mainland Scotland to transition into Tier 4 restrictions from Saturday […]

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News: Record participation in national squirrel survey

  A record number of squirrel sightings were reported by the public during September’s Great Scottish Squirrel Survey. 2,100 people – three times the number who took part in the first national survey in 2019 – logged over 3,000 sightings of red and grey squirrels, creating a Scotland-wide snapshot and providing valuable data for conservationists. […]

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Nature of Scotland Award Nomination for the Return of Reds to Aberdeen

  Aberdeen City Council has been collaborating with the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project for 11 years to bring one of Scotland’s iconic species, the red squirrel, back to Aberdeen. These efforts have been acknowledged with a nomination in this year’s prestigious Nature of Scotland Awards in the Forest and Woodland category.   RSPB’s Nature […]

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Game-changing grant awarded to South Scotland volunteers

  Last month the Red Squirrel Forum for South Scotland was awarded a game-changing grant from the Red Squirrel Survival Trust to help protect local red squirrels in Southern Scotland with innovative equipment.   Collaboration and community action are crucial to the long-term survival of red squirrels in Scotland, and in the South, dedicated red […]

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News: Take part in Scotland’s largest squirrel survey this month

  Red Squirrel Week (21-27 September) marks the return of Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrel’s Great Scottish Squirrel Survey; a nationwide squirrel spotting campaign that has an even greater role to play in the protection of Scotland’s native red squirrels than ever.   The impact of Covid-19 saw the suspension of many conservation activities throughout spring […]

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News: Perthshire residents on red alert after grey squirrel sightings in Aberfeldy

  Following a report of two grey squirrels in Aberfeldy, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are asking Perthshire residents in the Aberfeldy, Dunkeld and Pitlochry areas to be on high alert. Locals are urged to report all sightings of grey squirrels to help protect Perthshire’s red squirrel populations.   Over the last week, two sightings of […]

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