To feed or not to feed?

Original Author: Alexa Seagrave   We often get asked about feeding red squirrels, and the very best thing you can do is make your garden as wildlife friendly as possible.   Planting native shrubs and small trees for berries and nuts will provide the best natural food for free and give the best nutrition. So get out there and plant… […]

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Celebrate red squirrels in the National Park

Original Author: Mary-Anne Collis Did you know that next week is Red Squirrel Week? From 24 September – 1 October Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park will be celebrating one of Scotland’s favourite animals, and raising awareness of the work that’s being done to protect them. Of course we wanted in on the action!   Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels… […]

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Argaty’s red squirrels are back in full force

  Red squirrels have come on leaps and bounds on the Argaty Estate near Doune in Stirling. In today’s guest blog, Tom Bowser of Argaty Red Kites reflects on a journey of red squirrel recovery and some unforgettable milestone moments.   I can still remember my first childhood sighting of a red squirrel on Argaty. It was a summer’s day… […]

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Join team squirrel!

  Join team squirrel! We’re currently recruiting for eight exciting new opportunities across Scotland.   Programme Manager Location: Leith Region: National Contract: Full-time fixed term until March 2024 Closing date: 14 March 2022 Are you passionate about conservation? For the next phase of Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project, we are looking for a strong leader to take our project to… […]

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Invasive Species Week: the road to recovery

The grey squirrel is one of the country’s most widely recognised animals, but not everyone knows that it is a non-native species. As 23 – 29 March is ‘Invasive Species Week’, we reflect on the progress that’s been made in managing and preventing the negative impact of grey squirrels on their native counterparts in Scotland.   Invasive Species Week… […]

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News: The Great Scottish Squirrel Survey returns in an important year for squirrel sightings

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels is calling on the public to take part in the nationwide Great Scottish Squirrel Survey between 20-26 September (National Red Squirrel Week). Now in its third year, the survey is needed more than ever due to the impact of Covid-19. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) is a partnership project led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust,… […]

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News: Almost 1000 squirrel sightings reported in one week during national survey

  Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels has published the results of this year’s Great Scottish Squirrel Survey, when over 600 people reported 828 sightings in just one week. The results will enhance conservationists’ understanding of squirrel populations across Scotland. The campaign, which ran from 23 – 29 September, encouraged the Scottish public to spend some time exploring the outdoors while keeping… […]

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Call to report red squirrel sightings in Dumfries & Galloway

  Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels is calling for the public to report more red squirrel sightings in Dumfries & Galloway to help paint a truer picture of the region’s native wildlife.   Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels encourages the public to report their sightings of both red and grey squirrels, to help the project monitor the situation across the country. However,… […]

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The road to recovery

Original Author: Dr Mel Tonkin, Project Manager   As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we have a golden opportunity to ensure that red squirrels remain an integral part of Scotland’s landscape for generations to come.   There’s no quick fix to the decline of native red squirrels in Scotland, a decline which goes back 150 years to the introduction of… […]

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Spring into survey time

Original Author: Alexa Seagrave It’s February and preparations are well underway for the 2018 squirrel survey. Conservation Officer Alexa Seagrave explains what the survey is all about and why spring is such a great time to get outdoors and look for squirrels.   Last week we published the results of our 2017 squirrel survey, with the good news that overall… […]

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This Year's Sightings