Major boost for Scotland’s red squirrels thanks to National Lottery funding

…rare experience. Thanks to National Lottery players’ support, we’re helping organisations and communities protect and care for Scotland’s red squirrels, which represent three quarters of the UK’s dwindling population. “We’ve been impressed with Scottish Wildlife Trust’s collaborative approach to help save this beautiful species and look forward to seeing the project progress in the coming months and years.”   Copyright:… […]

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See you in a few years…

…colleagues and working in one of the most accessible scenic areas in Scotland: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park (www.lochlomond-trossachs.org). Along with all of my red squirrel friends (and grey squirrel “enemies”…), I have seen an amazing variety of wildlife, including: otters, pine marten, red deer, roe deer, goosanders, ravens, and even a slow worm in this poor summer…. […]

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Spotting the elusive Scottish Red Squirrel

…chances of seeing not only red squirrels but also a range of other timid species such as deer, hedgehogs, beavers, badgers, pine marten, owls, jays, woodpeckers etc, depending of course on where you go and the time of day or year that you visit. Squirrels are less active during the winter but they do not hibernate so this means that… […]

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Grey squirrel control: connecting the dots

…the spread of grey squirrels. Classified as an invasive non-native species, it is widely acknowledged that targeted, landscape-scale grey squirrel population control is essential if we want to reverse the decline of Scotland’s red squirrels. It’s a huge undertaking, but fortunately there are many passionate and experienced landowners and individuals volunteering to do their bit across priority areas. At Saving… […]

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Publications

Publications   Guidelines and Advice Priority Areas for Red Squirrel Conservation (PARCs) in South Scotland Supplementary feeding of red squirrels Red squirrel road signs Red squirrel post mortems Red squirrel leprosy   Reports Squirrelpox Detection in the Central Lowlands 2017-2020 2019 Spring Survey Report 2018 Spring Survey Report 2017 Spring Survey Report 2016 Spring Survey Report 2015 Spring Survey Report… […]

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Can red squirrels weather the storm?

…if a drey was destroyed they wouldn’t become homeless overnight. Of course, it is entirely possible that some red squirrels (and other wildlife) have been harmed as a result of Storm Arwen and Storm Barra, although measuring this would be a very difficult task. Certainly some sources of food will have been lost. However, we can take comfort knowing just… […]

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