Three creative ways to go squirrel spotting this Red Squirrel Week

  National Red Squirrel Awareness Week is a time for one of our favourite activities – squirrel spotting. Our Great Scottish Squirrel Survey is a fun opportunity for all the family to enjoy the great outdoors looking out for tufted ears and bushy tails, so why not get creative with how you’ll be taking part this year?   One of… […]

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Fife Squirrelpox Update

  In April, the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies confirmed the first death of a red squirrel from the squirrelpox virus north of Scotland’s Central Belt, having conducted tests on a dead squirrel found near Dunfermline in Fife. Squirrelpox is a virus carried by grey squirrels which, whilst not affecting them, can be lethal when passed… […]

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A red squirrel first for Luss Estate

  After years of carefully targeted grey squirrel control, we were excited to hear that a red squirrel has been spotted in Luss. It’s a sign that our native reds are beginning to make a comeback on Loch Lomond’s western shores. Luss Estate is a nationally important area for red squirrel conservation because it sits on the Highland Boundary Fault… […]

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Spotting squirrelpox: new sightings across Dumfries and Galloway

  As the weeks continue, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels have received more sightings of sick red squirrels spreading further inland in Dumfries and Galloway.   A red squirrel has been reported by a member of the public as far as Gatehouse showing classic symptoms of the squirrelpox virus, suggesting that the disease has spread north west of the original outbreak… […]

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National Tree Week 2015

Original Author: Alexa Seagrave Since 1975, National Tree Week has encouraged us to enjoy and respect our beautiful surroundings and appreciate all the services that trees and woods bring to us. This is the best time of year for tree planting, so get out there and help our red squirrels by planting good food trees for them.   All squirrels… […]

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The Do’s and Don’t’s of Feeding Squirrels

Original Author: Steve Willis, Project Officer Northeast Scotland Do you regularly feed red squirrels? Read on for a few top tips on best practise from the team at SSRS.   Everyone loves seeing red squirrels, and countless lucky souls across Scotland are in the enviable position of having red squirrels visit their gardens on a regular basis. They are usually… […]

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Rusty’s Release!

Original Author: Steve Willis Last month we blogged about the amazing story of Rusty the red squirrel. Found as a tiny kitten, he was taken into the care of two phenomenally dedicated volunteers. They then passed him to the SSPCA who have recently released a healthy fully grown Rusty into the wild. Here are a few photos of him just… […]

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A red squirrel treasure hunt

Original Author: Gill Hatcher Did you ever pick up pinecones when you were little? Maybe you still do! Here at Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels we’re always keeping one eye to the ground, because even when red squirrels are being elusive, they might be leaving clues behind.   Red squirrels have surprisingly varied diets. They love nuts, but they also eat… […]

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Squirrel Spring Antics

Young squirrels are making their first trips out into the woods this month. Keep your eyes open for mini-squirrels with fresh fluffy tails and let us know where you spotted them. We’d love to hear if squirrels are breeding near you!   Our native red squirrel is a truly endearing wee creature. More demure and delicate in appearance, than… […]

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