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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Great Scottish Squirrel Survey 2021: the results

…the Highlands Protecting thriving red squirrel populations in the south of Scotland within ‘Priority Areas for Red Squirrel Conservation’ (PARCs) Participation in the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey was down from last year, although this isn’t surprising given 2020 was a bumper year for squirrel sightings. With lockdown restricting where people could go and what they could do, more people took… […]

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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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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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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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All things invasive with the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative

…staggering 94% decline in native water vole populations? The American skunk-cabbage plant does actually smell as bad as a skunk….   White butterburr was imported as a garden ornamental from mainland Europe and SW Asia and escaped into the wild.   What is an Invasive Species? There are around 2,000 non-native plants and animals in the UK, these non-native species… […]

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Busy breeding

…and inclement winter weather. An abundance of natural wonders are associated with springtime and as for many other species, is when birthing and nurturing young become a priority for red squirrels. Watching red squirrels is always rewarding and there are behaviours specific to this time of year to look out for.   Mating Mating behaviour may have begun as early… […]

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This Year's Sightings