Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels

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Sharing the love for south Scotland's red squirrels

Liz Stephanie square Community Engagement Officer Liz Gunby reflects on her first summer inspiring community action in south Scotland, and talks about some upcoming opportunities to get involved in the project. … read more

The future is bright in north east Scotland

Matt square This week we are sadly saying goodbye to Matt Nuttall, our Conservation Officer for north east Scotland. 

Matt reflects on his time with Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, and shares his optimism for the future. … read more

  • 12th Sep 2017, by Matt Nuttall
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Community action in Galloway

Peter Garson square Peter Garson, Chair of Gatehouse Squirrel Group and Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels volunteer, tells us about how he and his local community are working to ensure red squirrels continue to have a home in Dumfries & Galloway. … read more

Our new recruits: welcome to Team Squirrel!

new recruits It’s a really exciting time to be working for Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels. Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish LEADER programme, the latest phase in the project is focusing on 'developing community action'. To help us achieve this aim, we've recruited four new members of staff.  … read more

  • 14th Aug 2017, by Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels
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The Riddle of the Balding Squirrels

Balding squirrel1 - Neil James Why are some squirrels losing so much hair in the spring that parts of them are completely bald?

Every year in April to May we get a flurry of queries relating to red squirrels that have lost large parts of their coat, leaving large areas of their body totally hairless. Often it looks like the squirrel has taken off a jacket to reveal nothing underneath. … read more

  • 26th Apr 2017, by Mel Tonkin
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2016 Spring Survey Report

Squirrel in feeder box (c) Katrina Martin, 2020VISION 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. 

  … read more

  • 20th Mar 2017, by Mel Tonkin - SSRS Project Manager
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Sprinting Winter Squirrels

standing squirrel Craig Doogan 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

  • 17th Mar 2017, by Stewart Smith and Mel Tonkin
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This year's sightings

 
 
 

Project partners 

Scottish Wildlife Trust Forestry Commission Scottish Land and Estates
 
Scottish Natural Heritage Red Squirrel Survival Trust RSPBHeritage Lottery Fund