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

…from His Royal Highness.   HRH The Prince of Wales wrote: “21st January 2021 is Red Squirrel Awareness Day and, as Patron of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust, my thoughts turn naturally to all those throughout the United Kingdom who volunteer their skills and their time to fight for the survival of the red squirrel, and for native British trees,… […]

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Introducing the newest faces of our scurry

  2020 was a year of change for many, and for Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, we were fortunate enough to welcome in new members of the team while overcoming the challenges of covid-19. Having worked from home since starting their roles, we wanted to take the opportunity to bring forward the newest faces of SSRS from behind their computer screens… […]

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South Scotland

…Woodland owners, meanwhile, can adjust the management of their woods to benefit red squirrels. Please contact your local Conservation Officer for more information.   Area Contacts South West Kathryn Fingland Conservation Officer kfingland@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk Giuliana Sinclair Community Engagement Officer gsinclair@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk   Victoria Chanin Assistant Conservation Officer vchanin@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk   Scottish Borders Ryan Greenwood Conservation Officer rgreenwood@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk Sarah Cooper Community Engagement Officer scooper@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk […]

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Vital protections for red squirrels at risk

…Countryside Act 1981. The Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform (Mairi McAllan) gave this response: S6W-01445 Mairi McAllan : “The Scottish Government is committed to enhancing biodiversity and to protecting vulnerable species in Scotland. Following the conclusion of the seventh Quinquennial Review the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) will submit recommendations for potential changes to the animals and plants… […]

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Notice for Spring Survey volunteers

the challenges of the pandemic, it has been decided that the Spring Survey will not be returning in 2021 due to the uncertainty of ongoing restrictions. With an incomplete dataset from this year’s survey, an annual Spring Survey Report for 2020 will not be produced, however we will aim to make use of returned samples where possible. Please see the […]

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Great Scottish Squirrel Survey

The Great Scottish Squirrel Survey This Red Squirrel Week we’re calling on people all over Scotland to get outdoors, explore nature and be on the lookout for tufted ears and bushy tails for the return of the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey. Report your sightings of both red and grey squirrels between 20-26 September to provide us with a snapshot of… […]

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Argaty’s red squirrels are back in full force

…and the wall. This winter another was seen feeding on peanuts beside our visitor centre, several hundred metres from the nearest tree. They are regularly seen in our neighbours’ gardens too, pilfering the nuts left out for the birds. Truly, theirs has been the most remarkable recovery.   Red squirrels on Argaty © Lynn Bowser   Their comeback is not… […]

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Squirrel Sightings: an inside look

…  Verification Our job is to look at each sighting to make sure that all the details are correct including the grid reference; we have had the occasional sighting seeming to indicate a squirrel swimming in the North Sea! It is a huge job going through the thousands of sightings that come in throughout GSSS week, and we are fortunate… […]

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New threat to Perthshire’s red squirrels as greys reappear in Aberfeldy

…Chapel Road have raised the alarm once more. Tayside Conservation Officer Ann-Marie MacMaster said: “These recent sightings are a cause for concern because it could suggest that the grey squirrels spotted last year have now bred. If grey squirrels established themselves in the area, this would have devastating consequences for the local red population. “We are asking everyone in the […]

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This Year's Sightings