News: Red letter day – Plean’s first red squirrel entered home through letterbox

website, scottishsquirrels.org.uk. The data helps the project monitor population changes over time and decide where to focus conservation efforts. Mary-Anne added: “It’s incredibly exciting that red squirrels appear to be making a comeback in Plean and other parts of Stirlingshire, but we’d like to see more evidence. Everyone can help by keeping an eye out and reporting their sightings online.”… […]

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Celebrating a red squirrel champion

…social media advocates, community fundraisers, recruiting sergeants, etc. I hope my award inspires others to reflect on their own skills and seek to apply them energetically to red squirrel conservation, or indeed any other activity that helps to save our planet.” As Community Engagement Officer for the South West, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Peter over the… […]

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Red squirrels and biosecurity

…it is however extremely difficult to keep grey squirrels out of feeding zones and so unless great care is taken, these can become a major focus for transferring the virus from carrier greys to the completely vulnerable reds. So susceptible are the red squirrels to the disease that it usually proves to be fatal within two weeks. The squirrelpox virus… […]

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Community action in Galloway

…squirrel conservationists of the future! Citizen Science Whilst we are still waiting to see a pine marten on our bird table at home, we do enjoy living with our very visible reds. I have set up a census (currently of around 20 gardens) to track the local population trend. Each month I collect two numbers from each participant: the greatest… […]

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Join the Hub

…to protect local red squirrel populations. Registered users can keep track of their squirrel sightings, and join a local red squirrel network to connect with others in your area. Once you have become a Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels volunteer you’ll also be able to use the Hub to access training resources and materials and submit and view your data online…. […]

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To feed or not to feed?

…D’ added to a dish of drinking water, bone meal added to the dry feed mix, or a cuttlefish, bone or antler placed near to the feeder. This is especially valuable during summer for juvenile and female squirrels. Apples and carrots can also reduce the chances of calcium deficiency occurring, and are an important part of the food you provide…. […]

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Coronavirus: all SSRS outdoor volunteer work suspended

…to be reviewed by the government. We will keep all our volunteers fully informed, and if you have any questions or concerns you can contact us at squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk or via your local Community Engagement Officer or Conservation Officer. With the potential loss of spring survey data, squirrel sightings will be more important than ever. So if you are outside to… […]

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Coronavirus: Temporary suspension of SSRS non-essential volunteer work

…through the Community Hub Grey Squirrel Control Group documents, or by contacting your local Community Engagement Officer or Conservation Officer. We ask those continuing with voluntary control work to keep abreast of any further changes in the Scottish Government’s coronavirus advice and please ensure compliance with coronavirus restrictions in your local authority area by visiting https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/.   Survey volunteers All… […]

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How can mathematical modelling help save red squirrels in Scotland?

…fatal within two weeks. Image © William Lee   Protecting the Central Lowlands In the Central Lowlands of Scotland, the models predicted that: Without control efforts, squirrelpox can spread rapidly through high density grey populations. Squirrelpox outbreaks in red squirrels cause population crashes, making red populations more vulnerable to replacement and extinction. Outbreaks in red squirrel populations only occur in… […]

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