Argyll, Trossachs & Stirling

…the training and resources they need to participate.   Landowners Landowners in certain areas can control grey squirrels under Forestry Grant Scheme funding, or join the project’s trap-loan scheme. Woodland owners, meanwhile, can adjust the management of their woods to benefit red squirrels. Please contact your local Conservation Officer for more information.   Area Contact [post vacant] Conservation Officer squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk […]

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Great Scottish Squirrel Survey 2021: the results

…across the country, reporting an incredible 1549 sightings in just one week.     We were particularly keen to see this year’s results due to the impact Covid-19 has had on our annual Spring Survey, which has been cancelled for the past two years. More detailed analysis is ongoing, but the overall distribution of red and grey squirrels across the… […]

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Red squirrels and biosecurity

…outbreak, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels will advise on the best means of action for the area, often this entails disinfecting feeders, taking them down and refraining from supplementary feeding for the duration of the outbreak. There is no evidence that squirrelpox can cause any harm to humans, however sensible precautions should be undertaken when approaching any dead or sick wild… […]

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All things invasive with the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative

…a year in Great Britain. Costs are incurred by the agriculture, forestry and horticulture sectors, but also by many other sectors including transport, construction, aquaculture, recreation and utilities. Some invasive species threaten our health or enjoyment of our environment. Rats, house mice and cockroaches are all invasive non-native species that can be serious house pests, and giant hogweed contains a… […]

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Busy breeding

…of factors including availability of food, weather, and body condition. Body weight, closely linked to food abundance, is integral to breeding success; female squirrels must reach a minimum weight to breed (around 280-300g). In areas where food is plentiful, two litters of kittens (or kits) may be born, the first in early spring (Feb/Mar) and the second in summer (May/June)…. […]

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Knowledge Fair – celebrating five years of community action

…Collis, SSRS Conservation Officer Building a volunteer network in the south of Scotland – Dr Peter Garson, Gatehouse Squirrel Group and John Rae, Save our Squirrels Berwick Group Session Q&A   Session 2: Looking to the Future Communicating the SSRS-DCA story – Gill Hatcher, SSRS Communications and Engagement Officer The Community Hub legacy – Nicole Tipple, SSRS Data officer Developing… […]

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Coronavirus: Temporary suspension of SSRS non-essential volunteer work

  Following the latest government guidelines, it has been agreed between Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels and the Scottish Wildlife Trust that all volunteer work, with the exception of essential grey squirrel control volunteers, will be temporarily suspended with immediate effect.   As we prepare for mainland Scotland to transition into Tier 4 restrictions from Saturday 26 December onwards, we are… […]

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This Year's Sightings