News: Squirrelpox threatens red squirrels across Dumfries & Galloway’s Solway coast

…spread by grey squirrels, once it has entered the red squirrel population, red-to-red squirrel transmission will also occur. It is therefore imperative that all squirrels are prevented from coming into close contact at feeders during an outbreak. Although squirrelpox outbreaks have become relatively common in the south of Scotland, this area has not been known to suffer an outbreak before,… […]

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Reports of suspected squirrelpox near Cardrona

…Officer, Sarah Cooper at scooper@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk. Unfortunately, at this time, SSRS are unable to fully confirm the presence of squirrelpox as the experts who carry out post mortem investigations are currently not operating due to coronavirus restrictions. However, photographs and videos of the squirrel are extremely useful in helping determine whether symptoms correlate with those presented by squirrelpox. Please note, that… […]

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Suspected Squirrelpox outbreak near Dumfries threatens local red squirrel population

…sick red squirrel is advised not to approach it, but instead contact the project for advice. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels is a partnership project led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and made possible thanks to National Lottery players and the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER 2014 – 2020 programme. For further information please contact Gill Hatcher, ghatcher@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk, 0131 3124717, 07388 994610…. […]

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Beechmast and acorns everywhere

…summer in Scotland has elapsed, we have well and truly landed into a decidedly mixed autumn, which is looking likely to be replaced by another mild winter. This is certainly positive news, in the short term at least, for our squirrel populations, especially when coupled with an exceptional mast year. A mast year is when, for reasons still not fully… […]

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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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Spotting squirrelpox: new sightings across Dumfries and Galloway

…is advised not to approach it, but instead contact the project for advice as soon as possible . Dead reds can be sent for post-mortem but ne ed to be handled carefully – please read the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels post-morten guide for more information at https://scottishsquirrels.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Red-squirrel-post-morte ms.pdf . To find out more about the squirrelpox virus, please visit the… […]

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Coronavirus update for SSRS volunteers

…prevention of squirrelpox spread, usually in tablet form. It 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 correct safety precautions, and only used for its intended purpose. Please familiarise yourself with the Virkon-S health and safety guidelines and risk assessment (provided in your… […]

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