Black and white or shades of grey?

…species which they endanger. It’s not hatred; it’s ecology. Paul McDonald is the Project Officer for Argyll, the Trossachs and Stirling, having joined Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels in 2014. Paul has been involved in conservation for over 10 years, much of that time spent in remote areas of Scotland and Canada. Click here for more information on our project team…. […]

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Privacy Policy

…more about the information we hold about you, or about our privacy notice, please contact us: Telephone: 0131 312 7765 Email: squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk Harbourside House, 110 Commercial Street, Edinburgh EH6 6NF Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Printed copies of this Privacy Notice are available on request. We update this Privacy Notice periodically. Last updated: May 2018… […]

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A lucky escape!

Original Author: Steve Willis   Sometimes trail cameras pick up some pretty unusual animal behaviour…   The SSRS team use trail cameras for much of our survey work. As these amazing devices have come down in price their popularity has risen and risen. And for good reason too – they are unobtrusive ways to observe your local wildlife. Even setting… […]

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SSRS Knowledge Fair

…a variety of talks, workshops and networking opportunities, as well as virtual exhibitions from some of our volunteers and partner organisations. Event access Click ‘reset password’ to set a password for the first time. You must have already registered for the event for this link to work Download programme Trapping and tech workshop Sign up for optional workshop (limited capacity)… […]

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

…radio and GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking. The results will support ongoing red squirrel conservation in the local area. The research is funded by Forestry & Land Scotland and will be carried out under a special licence from NatureScot. Grey squirrels were first introduced to Aberdeen in the 1970s. They soon replaced native red squirrels across the city and in… […]

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Red squirrels and biosecurity

…animal. Specific instructions for the use of Virkon ®S by volunteers in the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels annual Spring Survey are available to review online within the community hub resources. Please note that Virkon ®S is not suitable for use indoors, and is not safe for humans. It is classified as an irritant and should always be handled following the… […]

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All things invasive with the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative

…diluting the native gene pools. E.g. non-native Sika deer are interbreeding with our native Red deer. Habitat alteration; invasive species can alter invaded habitats. E.g. where Himalayan balsam forms dense stands on river banks, these die back in the winter leaving bare soil which is prone to erosion, which can contribute to flooding problems. Spread of disease; invasive species can… […]

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Busy breeding

…beginning and end of the day when the adults are active. Squirrels frequently don’t stray far from the maternal drey for much of the summer but the majority of juveniles will have dispersed by autumn. It is estimated that only 15-25% will survive their first winter. Red squirrels reach sexual maturity by 9-10 months of age, so with sufficient food… […]

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