3rd Jun 2020, by Guest Blogger
For Volunteers' Week, David Miller, Chair of the East Wigtownshire Red Squirrel Group reflects on the group’s experiences one year after its formation. Established in 2019, the aim of the group is to protect the red squirrels of the River Cree catchment and the Machars Peninsula. Although red squirrels are still thriving in the area, they are coming under increasing threat from the non-native grey squirrel. Now 16 members strong, these dedicated volunteers are working hard to secure a future for local red squirrels.
It's been just over a year since East Wigtownshire Red Squirrel Group formed. In that time we have seen the group grow from strength to strength, both in numbers, and financially. It always surprises me how dedicated a group of people can be to a cause or campaign. It's also astonishing to see the amount of donations appear from organisations and companies when you least expect it. One recent donation, from Red Alert South West Scotland, will have a positive impact on our work. The money, used for purchasing trail cameras, will be used in survey work to encourage the long-term sustainability of red squirrels in our region.
Red Alert Presentation with the Treasurer for Red Alert South West Scotland © David Miller
We have also been busy promoting the new group with leaflets distributed across the area in key public spaces and buildings to build up a presence and awareness of the group, its aims and how new volunteers can become involved. ...