Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels

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Major boost for Scotland’s red squirrels thanks to National Lottery funding

126 Red with nice background RL The Scottish Wildlife Trust has been awarded a grant of £2.46 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Developing Community Action project.

Over the next five years Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels will enlist many more volunteers from communities in our three key regions to carry out practical work to protect and strengthen red squirrel populations in their local area, and in turn safeguard squirrels across Scotland.

We aim to provide high quality training and support to hundreds of local people and land managers to take on a vital role in the long–term protection of the country’s red squirrels.

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To feed or not to feed?

42 red squirrels 0837 - (c) Steve Gardner Christmas dinner for squirrels - what to do and what NOT to do!

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Shape up with the squirrel diet plan

red squirrel with carrot As we prepare our special flexible-waisted ‘January trousers’ ahead of the Christmas eating onslaught, our favourite redhead has other ideas. … read more

Cosy hideouts

grey.black red squirrel (possibly continental) How do squirrels survive the winter?  Do they hibernate?  The cold weather is a tough time for animals, how do they managed to stay warm?  Check out our latest blog about squirrel survival strategies.  This dark little red squirrel is collecting moss for a cosy bed. … read more

Beechmast and acorns everywhere

Red Squirrel youngster with hazelnuts © Ronnie Stokes A good mast year with lots of nuts around is good news and bad news for red squirrels.  Lots of food means an easier winter but it also means grey squirrels have an easy time too and will have higher breeding success the following year.

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Cross Border Squirrel Symposium

Red Squirrel youngster with hazelnuts © Ronnie Stokes Saving Scotland's Red Squirrel went along to the recent Cross-Border Squirrel Symposium to encourage landowners to take action for Red Squirrels.  The afternoon was full of fascinating talks and information, check out our partners, Scottish Land & Estates, review and links to the day below. … read more

All change..... but business as usual!

Portrait_ With various vacancies appearing within SSRS you could be forgiven for thinking something was up. It's far from the case- just folk retiring, moving on, and moving positions! (Photo: Raymond Leinster) … read more

This year's sightings

 
 
 

Programme leaders

Scottish Wildlife Trust Forestry Commission Scottish Land and Estates
 
Scottish Natural Heritage Red Squirrel Survival Trust RSPB