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

…to know more about how the situation has changed in the past year. Reporting a squirrel sighting is a simple thing anyone can do to help.” Grey squirrels were introduced to Scotland in Victorian times and have since replaced our native red squirrel in many parts of the country. They out-compete reds for food and living space and can also… […]

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VolunteerFAQs

…destroying paperwork as appropriate, in accordance with GDPR guidelines. This will not affect your account on the Community Hub. If you have admin access to the Hub, or if you volunteer elsewhere within the Scottish Wildlife Trust, you will not be de-registered. Instead, your information will simply be updated. Important note: Independent groups should register all their members to ensure… […]

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Great Scottish Squirrel Survey

…the situation. What makes the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey so great is that anyone can take part from anywhere in Scotland. Areas of known squirrel territory are equally important as those where few squirrels have been seen before. You can view all our previous sightings records here. Last year over 2100 people reported 3160 squirrel sightings in just one week…. […]

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Squirrel Sightings: an inside look

…to have volunteers able to verify sightings in their areas to help with the task. Some sightings require action, especially grey sightings, as this is useful information for our grey squirrel control officers and volunteers as to where to focus their efforts. Most red sightings can be confirmed straight away, but if there is a comment that it looked sick,… […]

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Argyll, Trossachs & Stirling

…not only out-compete reds, some also carry the deadly squirrelpox virus. If their spread was allowed to continue, Scotland’s red squirrel stronghold in the southern Highlands would be at serious risk. Complete removal of grey squirrels from the Central Lowlands is not a practical option. The aim here is containment of the grey squirrel population to prevent further inroads being… […]

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Community Hub

Welcome to the Community Hub Community action is the key to the long-term survival of Scotland’s red squirrels. The Hub is a space for our supporters and volunteers to keep up to date with the project and connect with like-minded people working to protect local red squirrel populations. Registered users can keep track of their squirrel sightings, and join a… […]

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Activities

…the links below for the activity sheet: DOWNLOAD ANSWERS Colouring printouts What squirrels eat A dot-to-dot colouring sheet. Download the printable PDF: DOWNLOAD Colour in the red squirrel’s coat Red squirrels can come in a variety of colours, what will this one be? Download the printable PDF: DOWNLOAD Get creative with this fluffy red Can you create texture with your… […]

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Can red squirrels weather the storm?

…how resourceful and adaptable these animals are. It is very unlikely local red squirrel population numbers as a whole will be affected, especially as this is not the red squirrel breeding season. A bigger question is, if these extreme weather events become more and more common, will they begin to have a serious impact on red squirrel populations? Our lead… […]

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Get Involved

…our volunteer network directory to find out if there is a group operating in your area. Contact us or join our online Community Hub to express interest. Join a local volunteer network Landscape-scale community action is the key to the long-term survival of Scotland’s red squirrels. The project is supporting red squirrel networks across our priority areas. The networks are… […]

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This Year's Sightings