29th Oct 2020, by Keilidh Ewan
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 squirrel volunteer groups are leading the way in priority areas where protection is needed the most. These groups, supported by the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project, fall under the collective banner of the Red Squirrel Forum for South Scotland.
Stretching from Stranraer to Berwick the Forum, established in 2018, promotes a landscape-scale strategic approach involving more than 350 volunteers in 18 red squirrel groups, all working to monitor, promote and protect red squirrels where they live.
Field equipment has a vital role to play in volunteer activities, and a recent grant of £14,120 awarded by the Red Squirrel Survival Trust to the Forum will help provide groups with game-changing tools including 10 thermal imaging scopes and 120 trail cameras.
Both thermal imagers and trail cameras enable volunteers to detect squirrels, red and grey, much more efficiently, enabling volunteers to identify areas that may be under threat from the non-native grey squirrel.
View of squirrel through thermal imager © Scott Country International
The new equipment is novel to most people and fun to use, so it will a ...