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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Squirrelpox: Staying ahead of the spread

…volunteers and members of the public can keep vigilant for sick red squirrels In order to be able to do that, you’ll first need to know how to recognise the symptoms of squirrelpox disease in red squirrels. The virus produces weeping lesions around the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, feet and genitalia. Overall, the infected red squirrel will appear noticeably unwell,… […]

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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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News: Record participation in national squirrel survey

…in Scotland. Dr Mel Tonkin, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels Project Manager said: “We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to report a squirrel sighting during the survey. It’s been inspiring to see more people than ever taking time to enjoy nature and on the look-out for squirrels.” “Reporting a squirrel sighting is a small act that helps to […]

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Speakers FAQs

…of technical issues. However, you can also opt to present live if that’s what you’re more comfortable with. Q&As, workshops and panel discussions will be live. How do I record my presentation? If you are presenting alongside slides, the easiest thing is to record via PowerPoint. There is an option to record your slideshow, with your voiceover, then download as… […]

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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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SNOW DAY!

…fox, field vole trails, pheasants, and a variety of crows. I was fortunate enough to even find the trail of an otter, bounding through the snow, in and out of the Endrick! Unfortunately, I didn’t find any squirrel trails or sign in the nearby woods. King of all he surveys! Image: Paul McDonald.   Without any squirrel sign, I decided… […]

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Cycling for Squirrels

…motivating to have a purpose to the hard work and sore legs (Peat Inn is 200 metres above sea level – ooyah!) and if any SSRS supporters would like to push me on I have started a Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/Kensredsquirrelcycle where you can donate. If you do, I’ll dedicate a mile to you on my way to Edinburgh…. […]

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All things invasive with the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative

…share in our enthusiasm and learn something new during the week. For example, did you know that… The estimated total annual costs of invasive non-native species to Scotland is more than £250 million? Giant hogweed leaves, which contain skin-burning sap, can grow up to 1m wide? Predation by the invasive American mink was one of the main factors in the… […]

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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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This Year's Sightings