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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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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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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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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Coronavirus: all SSRS outdoor volunteer work suspended

…trap-hosts and dispatchers) Traps must not be set while the suspension is in place. If you have traps that are currently open please secure them shut immediately, as long as it is safe for you to do so. If you are unable to do so or have any concerns about travelling to your traps please contact your local Conservation Officer… […]

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Get Involved

…Choose A Specific Appeal to ensure your donation goes toward protecting Scotland’s red squirrels. Make a donation Adopt a red squirrel Scotland’s native red squirrels need your help! Only around 120,000 remain here in the wild, and without urgent action they could be lost forever. By adopting one you will be helping to secure the future of this beautiful and… […]

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Call for Scots to become a nation of squirrel spotters this Red Squirrel Week

…keep an eye on the forest floor where squirrels will be caching some of this food to see them through the colder winter months. Each sighting received is added to a national database, which not only helps conservationists to monitor changes in red and grey squirrel distribution over time, but also enables them to identify the best areas for targeting… […]

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A red squirrel first for Luss Estate

  After years of carefully targeted grey squirrel control, we were excited to hear that a red squirrel has been spotted in Luss. It’s a sign that our native reds are beginning to make a comeback on Loch Lomond’s western shores. Luss Estate is a nationally important area for red squirrel conservation because it sits on the Highland Boundary Fault… […]

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Reports of suspected squirrelpox near Cardrona

…area to please remove wildlife feeders from your gardens in order to avoid spreading the disease to healthy red squirrels visiting the feeders. Squirrelpox is a virus carried by grey squirrels without causing them any harm. However, if spread to red squirrels the disease is deadly. Feeding stations can encourage both species to come into close contact and increase the… […]

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Great Scottish Squirrel Survey

The Great Scottish Squirrel Survey This Red Squirrel Week we’re calling on people all over Scotland to get outdoors, explore nature and be on the lookout for tufted ears and bushy tails for the return of the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey. Report your sightings of both red and grey squirrels between 21-27 September to provide us with a snapshot of… […]

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This Year's Sightings