An Autumn Overview of Tree ID

of habitat the squirrel was spotted in. Having a basic knowledge of tree identification comes in helpful here and sharing this allows us to investigate which habitats squirrels appear to be thriving in. Spotting the difference between a coniferous and deciduous tree in autumn is simple. Deciduous trees with broad leaves, change colour and often lose their leaves at this… […]

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News: New research underway to trace the steps of urban squirrels

…is currently known about how grey squirrels live and move in a built-up space and this study is the first of its kind. It aims to highlight the habitat preferences, movement corridors and home range size of grey squirrels in Aberdeen. Researchers will monitor the movements of 10 grey squirrels between late March and July using VHF (Very High Frequency)… […]

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The life of a feeder box

…with the simple (but effective) feeder boxes we use for our surveys of red and grey squirrels. Up in Aberdeenshire, we work closely with a fantastic social enterprise to make them. Below is the story of how some waste wood ends up coming back to life. Wood Recyclability Ltd was established in 1997 to offer adults with learning difficulties (trainees)… […]

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Using camera traps to survey for squirrels

…by the James Hutton Institute. With the camera attached to the other end of the box, accompanied by a macro lens and with the box filled with feed in front of the camera, we’re able to capture beautiful close-up photos of any animal that comes to investigate! The set up of Bushnell cameras we use for our surveying. The flash… […]

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Red squirrels and biosecurity

…than through competition alone. The red squirrel is both an iconic British species and also a delightful component of the Northern British woodland habitat. Many people are therefore keen to do what they can to help maintain their presence. Feeding stations for red squirrels in gardens and in woodlands are often provided to help the reds compete. In certain areas,… […]

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The Story of Rusty the Red

…days went by. We began to wean him after a couple of weeks, using reduced sugar Farleys Rusks in kitten milk to start with, then offering a selection of different foods such as pine nuts, hazelnuts, broccoli, and a rat/mouse mix. Twice a week he had a couple of drops of Abidec childrens multivitamin, which he took willingly. He became… […]

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SNOW DAY!

Original Author: Paul McDonald, Project Officer for Argyll, the Trossachs and Stirling Paul McDonald, Project Officer for Argyll, the Trossachs and Stirling, has fun in the snow.   One of the advantages of my position being three days per week is that I can take advantage of the weather. Today (Tuesday March 3rd), I woke up to discover that several… […]

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This Year's Sightings