The report from last year's surveys is now available to download, for those of you who have not seen it yet.
In Spring of 2016 a magnificent 222 tetrads, each with 4 feeder-boxes, were completed across our project areas - that's 2,664 hair samples! The coverage we achieve with our surveys is in large measure down to the amazing volunteer effort that goes into looking after the boxes and collecting in the hair samples.
Spring in southern Scotland is on the cusp of springing. Leaf buds bulge on trees, and daffodil bulbs are nudging each other, encouraging one another to launch a flower shoot. Red Squirrels will now have the first litters of young in the breeding dreys, and females may spend more time in the drey than at other times. … read more
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.
Image copyright: Raymond Leinster … read more
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
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.
Image copyright: Ronnie Stokes … read more