News: Take a red squirrel ramble with new digital walking routes

  A series of digitally guided walking routes have been launched by the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project to help visitors and locals discover more about one of the country’s most iconic yet threatened mammals.   Known for their red squirrel populations, the selected sites will provide an opportunity for a wild encounter whilst learning more about… […]

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News: Moffat’s red squirrels and golden eagles team up to give native wildlife a boost

…have come together to protect their local red squirrels, with support from the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project. While the south of Scotland is home to healthy populations of red squirrels, they are seriously threatened by the spread of grey squirrels. Grey squirrels are an invasive species that out-competes native red squirrels for food and living space. They can also… […]

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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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Join the community: introducing our new website

…Red Squirrels online Community Hub. Made possible thanks to National Lottery Players, the Community Hub is an online space where registered users can connect with both the project and other local squirrel enthusiasts. It’s also a tool to help people get more involved in red squirrel volunteering. Anyone can sign up and make an account, and there are different uses… […]

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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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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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Reports of suspected squirrelpox near Cardrona

…ensure that all garden feeding stations are regularly cleaned with an anti-viral solution such as Virkon S, which is available to purchase online in tablet and powder form. If you see any sick red squirrels or grey squirrels at the feeding stations, please take them down and contact squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk. All other sightings can be reported through our website at https://scottishsquirrels.org.uk/squirrel-sightings/…. […]

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Suspected squirrelpox cases on the Solway Coast

…any wildlife feeding stations. We also ask that people across the Solway Coast please ensure that all garden feeding stations are regularly cleaned with an anti-viral solution such as Virkon S, which is available to purchase online in tablet and powder form. If you see a sick red squirrel, either in your garden, or while outdoors exercising, please contact squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk…. […]

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