Vital protections for red squirrels at risk

…listed under schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, to the UK Government and the devolved administrations. The Scottish Government will carefully consider any recommendations made by the JNCC. However, before deciding whether to make any changes to the animals listed under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, we would have to be satisfied that in doing… […]

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

…of grey squirrels. In Tayside, the project is focused on what is known as the ‘Highland Line’ – a 10km-wide strip which runs from Montrose, through Kirriemuir, Dunkeld, Crieff and beyond to the west. Thanks to ongoing conservation efforts along the Highland Line, Aberfeldy and the surrounding area has typically been considered a safe haven for our native species. This… […]

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

…the wider Aberdeenshire countryside, further threatening important red squirrel populations in Grampian and the Highlands.   Grey Squirrel © Nicola Nuttall   Larger and more productive than their red counterparts, grey squirrels can rapidly out-compete red squirrels for food and living space, making it difficult for the native species to successfully breed and for their young to survive. Because of… […]

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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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