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

…Wales to all volunteers fighting for the survival of the red squirrel.   HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust, one of our project partners, who are working closely with volunteers and members of regional and local red squirrel groups across the UK. Today the Red Squirrel Survival Trust shared the kind words received… […]

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News: The Great Scottish Squirrel Survey returns in an important year for squirrel sightings

…project’s spring surveys in both 2020 and 2021. These annual systematic surveys, which used baited squirrel-hair sampling boxes at over 200 specific locations, provided robust distribution data for both red and grey squirrels that was invaluable for comparing the fortunes of squirrels from year-to-year. Project Manager Dr Mel Tonkin said: “Without the spring survey data, we need the help of… […]

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News: Moffat’s red squirrels and golden eagles team up to give native wildlife a boost

…of golden eagles in the south of Scotland. Since 2018, the project has doubled the population of golden eagles in the south of Scotland, through a series of translocations. As they settle into their new home, the young golden eagle juveniles initially require help to feed. Cat Barlow, Project Manager for the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project explains: “We… […]

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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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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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Notice for Spring Survey volunteers

…will not need to be included. Please note that the listed address will need to be changed to: North East Team PO Box 18776 ABERDEEN AB25 9BJ Tayside Please complete the ‘Volunteer Hours’ and personal information sections of your Tetrad Data Sheet and post these using the pre-paid envelope provided. Collected stickies will not need to be included. If you… […]

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Cally Gardens Wildlife Hide is now open!

…Cally Woods so many people enjoy visiting. The shortest route to take starts at the car park next to the Horse Trail, about 500m along Cally Drive from the entrance lodge. From there, you should follow the new fingerpost signs until you reach the stone dyke which forms the boundary of the Cally Gardens property. Round the corner to the […]

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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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This Year's Sightings