Welcoming volunteers back into the field this Volunteers’ Week

…the last year. We have been blown away by the enthusiasm and commitment that volunteers have shown throughout this difficult time. Creativity is one thing that certainly hasn’t been restricted, as we’ve witnessed Red Squirrel Network Groups adapt and rise to the challenge – from producing calendars for raising funds, to engaging with local schools and sharing educational activities online…. […]

Read More…

One small step for Perthshire’s reds

…moments to complete. This small success with potentially far-reaching protective significance would not have been possible without the support of the local community. So on behalf of the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels Tayside Team, we would like to thank everyone who has been our eyes and ears on the ground. Together, we can protect Perthshire’s red squirrels for the future…. […]

Read More…

News: Help stop the spread of grey squirrels in the Mearns

…through competition for resources. Most worryingly they could also potentially bring the deadly squirrelpox virus, which isn’t currently present in Aberdeenshire, with them. This virus doesn’t harm grey squirrels but it is deadly for reds. It would be devastating for Scotland’s squirrels if squirrelpox is allowed to spread into the north of the country. “There are a number of ways… […]

Read More…

News: Record participation in national squirrel survey

…year for the species. The boom follows an exceptional beech seed crop last autumn, leading to earlier and more productive breeding this spring, and lockdown prevented the early intervention that would normally have contained this increased production. The widespread reporting of red squirrels in this survey, run in September after work resumed, gives us comfort that the red squirrel has… […]

Read More…

Great Scottish Squirrel Survey

…you take part? Reporting a squirrel sighting is one of the simplest things that anyone can do to help protect Scotland’s red squirrels. Red Squirrel Week (20-26 September) is the ideal time for a nationwide squirrel survey. Autumn is a fantastic time of year for squirrel spotting— they are often more visible than usual as they busily gather food, preparing… […]

Read More…

Coronavirus: Temporary suspension of SSRS non-essential volunteer work

issuing new guidance with immediate effect.   Grey squirrel control volunteers (including both trap-hosts and dispatchers) Registered Scottish Wildlife Trust volunteers undertaking grey squirrel control are able to continue with this essential work, provided that existing guidance (issued on 11/06/2020) is adhered to and a Covid-19 Risk Assessment has been completed and reviewed. The Covid-19 Risk Assessment can be accessed… […]

Read More…

Squirrelpox: Staying ahead of the spread

is invariably fatal within two weeks. Just two years after the earliest evidence of the arrival of squirrelpox virus among the grey squirrel population of southern Scotland near Canonbie, red squirrels near Lockerbie succumbed to the first of several documented outbreaks of squirrelpox disease in the region’s red squirrels, ranging from Gatehouse-of-Fleet to Sanquhar, Moffat, Langholm, the Rule Valley near… […]

Read More…

HRH The Prince of Wales gives special thanks to volunteers on Red Squirrel Appreciation Day

…crucial role you play in this ongoing battle to protect and restore a precious part of our natural heritage. This brings you all my warmest good wishes, together with every possible encouragement for the task ahead.”   A copy of the letter can be seen on the Red Squirrel Survival Trust website via this link.   Photograph © Sue Crawford… […]

Read More…

This Year's Sightings