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?

…disinfectant (obtainable from pet supplies or the RSPB) before refilling with food. Provide a source of water if it is not naturally available. When should I feed squirrels and how often? Sometimes red squirrels can become dependent on supplementary food. Try to avoid feeding them in such amounts that they don’t need to look elsewhere! It is best to feed… […]

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Coronavirus: all SSRS outdoor volunteer work suspended

…as soon as possible (with a 10 figure grid reference for each trap or a detailed location description). Where traps are currently set, our staff will endeavour to secure them shut if at all possible. This was not an easy decision to make. Together we have made great strides in recent years, and we are fully aware that this could… […]

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News: Red letter day – Pleanโ€™s first red squirrel entered home through letterbox

  The first recorded red squirrel in Plean near Stirling in many years was spotted in the most unlikely of places – a local resident’s living room.   William Higgins was surprised to find the animal frantically scrambling around his home last month. He said: “I was in the kitchen when I thought I heard the post being delivered. When… […]

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Argaty Red Kites celebrate their other star species with a new red squirrel hide

…the area’s red squirrel conservation journey. The Woodland Hide can host up to three people at one time and is custom-built for photography. © Argaty Red Kites   Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels has been monitoring squirrel populations in the area since 2012. At first, only grey squirrels were detected on the Argaty estate. Then, in 2013/14 the map changed from… […]

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How can mathematical modelling help save red squirrels in Scotland?

…Fleet basin stronghold (Dumfries & Galloway) the model predicted that the exclusion of grey squirrels from the stronghold via control would protect red squirrels from replacement in the stronghold. Disease can still spread from greys outside to reds inside the stronghold leading to periodic outbreaks in the red population. These disease outbreaks would lead to a fall in red squirrel… […]

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This Year's Sightings