The Great Scottish Squirrel Survey

This Red Squirrel Week we’re calling on people all over Scotland to get outdoors, explore nature and be on the lookout for tufted ears and bushy tails. Report your sightings of both red and grey squirrels between 23-29 September to provide us with a snapshot of the situation.

Why not plan a trip to a well-known squirrel stomping ground? Or, even better, an area of ideal squirrel habitat where few sightings have been recorded before. You can view all our previous sightings records here.

Report your sighting


Infographic showing 3 steps to taking part - go outdoors, see a squirrel, tell us about it

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Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels has been collecting public squirrel sightings since 2010, and last year we received a record-breaking 8393 verified sightings. This data not only improves our understanding of how squirrel populations are changing over time, it also helps our team take direct conservation action on the ground. Red and grey squirrel sightings reported during the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey will enhance our knowledge of the current situation.

Reporting a squirrel sighting is one of the simplest things that anyone can do to help protect Scotland’s red squirrels. Red Squirrel Week (23-29 September) is the ideal time for a nationwide squirrel survey. Autumn is a fantastic time of year for squirrel spotting— they are often more visible than usual as the busily gather food, preparing themselves for the colder months ahead.

By taking part you’ll be doing a small act to help protect one of Scotland’s most iconic yet threatened species, while joining in a mass citizen science event.

Each sighting we receive is verified by a member of our team before being added to our online sightings map. We anticipate that the data collected during the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey will be verified, collated and published before December 2019.


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