South Scotland

…and enthusiastic volunteers across the region, providing them with the training and support they need to monitor, promote and protect red squirrels where they live. Join a Local Group   Achievements to date Declining grey squirrel numbers – Simple analysis of trapping results has shown an overall decline in grey squirrel numbers across the region (to almost zero in places)…. […]

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Argaty’s red squirrels are back in full force

in the early 1990s, and I was riding my bike along the rutted, potholed track that serves as the main road through our family farm. Stopping for a drink of water I looked across the adjacent field when an unexpected movement caught my eye. Standing atop a nearby gatepost was a red squirrel. Tail twitching, eyes unblinking it stared at… […]

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Activities

…squirrels are great fun to make and you get to play with them afterwards! To get started you’ll need plain flour, salt, water, a baking tray lined with baking paper, an oven or airing cupboard, paintbrushes, acrylic paint and varnish. An adult will need to help younger children with parts of this activity. Follow the link below for our easy… […]

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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… […]

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One small step for Perthshire’s reds

…efforts to remove the threat.   It has been observed throughout the UK that when grey squirrels move into an area, the local red squirrel population is gradually replaced due to competition for resources such as food and living space. Although grey squirrels occur in Dunkeld, this is generally the northern limit of their range in Perthshire. Sightings of greys… […]

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

…radio and GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking. The results will support ongoing red squirrel conservation in the local area. The research is funded by Forestry & Land Scotland and will be carried out under a special licence from NatureScot. Grey squirrels were first introduced to Aberdeen in the 1970s. They soon replaced native red squirrels across the city and in […]

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Red Squirrel Rambles

the forests of Dumfries and Galloway in an interactive app that will guide you on your adventure. Explore with the opportunity of wild encounters, discover more about red squirrels, complete challenges and collect tokens as you go. And of course, if you see a squirrel while walking, we want to hear about it!   Download a Red Squirrel Ramble today… […]

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Welcoming volunteers back into the field this Volunteers’ Week

…December volunteer announcement, grey squirrel control volunteers can continue their work in the field   We ask those looking to return to volunteering, to be proactive in monitoring changing Covid-19 guidelines in your local authority area, by regularly visiting https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/. Prior to commencing any new activities, a Covid-19 Risk Assessment will need to be reviewed. This can be accessed through… […]

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This Year's Sightings