News: Red letter day – Plean’s first red squirrel entered home through letterbox

  The first recorded red squirrel in Plean near Stirling in many years was spotted in the most unlikely of places – a local resident’s living room.   William Higgins was surprised to find the animal frantically scrambling around his home last month. He said: “I was in the kitchen when I thought I heard […]

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News: Great Scottish Squirrel Survey launched to boost protection for native reds

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels is calling on people all over Scotland to take part in the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey between 23 – 29 September.   During this week (which coincides with National Red Squirrel Week) the Scottish public will be encouraged to spend some time exploring the outdoors while keeping a lookout for both […]

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Helping It Happen Award Nomination for Red Squirrel Conservation

Helping it Happen Awards

  We are delighted to announce that we have been nominated as a finalist for the Scottish Land & Estates 2019 Helping It Happen Awards!   There are passionate and innovative businesses across rural Scotland that are taking new approaches to helping their local communities thrive, whether that’s providing high quality housing or providing employment […]

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Spotting squirrelpox: new sightings across Dumfries and Galloway

Squirrelpox Sighting

  As the weeks continue, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels have received more sightings of sick red squirrels spreading further inland in Dumfries and Galloway.   A red squirrel has been reported by a member of the public as far as Gatehouse showing classic symptoms of the squirrelpox virus, suggesting that the disease has spread north west of the original outbreak between […]

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News: Duthie Park sighting marks a giant leap for Aberdeen’s red squirrels

  Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels has received a red squirrel sighting near Duthie Park, one of the closest sightings to Aberdeen city centre in the project’s ten-year history.   The red squirrel was spotted in a garden north of Duthie Park, near the river Dee, an area that has only known grey squirrels for several […]

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News: Dumfries residents can help red squirrels by hosting a trap in their garden

  A local Red Squirrel Group is calling on Dumfries residents to help protect the town’s red squirrels by taking part in a grey squirrel trap-loan scheme. The Lower Nithsdale Red Squirrel Group, in partnership with Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, is asking residents to join a trap-loan scheme that will help prevent Dumfries from becoming […]

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News: Squirrelpox threatens red squirrels across Dumfries & Galloway’s Solway coast

Red squirrel with red sore over its eye

  Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels has confirmed that a squirrelpox outbreak is spreading along the Solway coast. Locals are urged to remain vigilant as this fatal disease could have serious consequences for the area’s red squirrel populations. In recent weeks at least 15 red squirrels have died as a result of squirrelpox, with more sick […]

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News: 2018 squirrel survey reveals the challenges ahead for Scotland’s red squirrels

  Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels has published the results of its 2018 annual survey, which indicate that while most of Scotland’s red squirrel populations remain stable, populations in southern Scotland remain under threat.   Since 2011, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels has been monitoring squirrel populations in the parts of the country where red squirrels are […]

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New Conservation Officer calls for the public to help protect red squirrels in the Scottish Borders

Red squirrel in snow holding nut

  Laura Preston, the new Scottish Borders Conservation Officer for Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, is calling on locals to help the project by reporting sightings of both red and grey squirrels online.   Laura joins Community Engagement Officer Alexa Seagrave in the project’s new regional office near Newton St Boswells. They will be working with […]

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Call for Scots to become a nation of squirrel spotters this Red Squirrel Week

Red squirrel on branch with one paw raised, tail curled downward

  This Red Squirrel Week (24-30 September) the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) project is calling on Scots to lend a hand by recording sightings of red and grey squirrels in their local area.   The project has created a new online Hub where people all over Scotland can help protect one of the UK’s […]

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