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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…Spring Survey Report 2016 Spring Survey Report 2015 Spring Survey Report 2014 Spring Survey Report 2013 Spring Survey Report 2012 Spring Survey Report   Newsletters Autumn 2021 Summer 2021 Spring 2021 Winter 2020   Stakeholders Stakeholder Toolkit Great Scottish Squirrel Survey toolkit Landowner support Forestry Grant Scheme Support Squirrelpox Action in the Central Lowlands Toolkit   Visit our youtube channel… […]

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The Story of Rusty the Red

Original Author: Steve Willis The inspiring story of two very dedicated humans and one very lucky red squirrel kitten. Rescuing and rehabilitating any wild animal is fraught with challenges and red squirrels are no exception. Here is the tail, sorry tale, of Rusty the Red!   Here is an account of the rehabilitation of a red squirrel kitten by two… […]

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News: Appeal to Kincardineshire residents to help protect Aberdeenshire’s red squirrel

order to protect Scotland’s core red squirrel populations in Aberdeenshire, Moray, the Highlands and Argyll, the only regions where the red squirrel is still the only squirrel species. Grey Squirrel at Inglismaldie Woods © Jennifer Noble North East Conservation Officer, Emma Sheehy, warned: “These new sightings show that grey squirrels are appearing further north into Kincardineshire than they have in… […]

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New PARC boundaries ensure conservation efforts stay one step ahead

…red squirrel protection measures within these PARCs, in order to ensure they remain effective, it is necessary that the PARCs retain some flexibility so that we can adapt to changing situations in the region. In 2019, several of the original PARC boundaries were reviewed and redrawn based on the latest evidence on the ground. Decisions were based on a variety… […]

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News: Perthshire residents on red alert after grey squirrel sightings in Aberfeldy

…today is the presence of the invasive non-native grey squirrel, which were first introduced in the late 1800s and soon replaced red squirrels throughout most of the UK. Larger and more robust, grey squirrels outcompete reds for resources such as food and living space, making it difficult for red squirrels to successfully breed and for their young to survive. Saving… […]

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Get the big picture – summer survey results 2013

…in the past. Photograph: Steve Gardner. To the 130 or so volunteers that helped with the surveys, we say a huge thank you for the magnificent effort; we could not have covered the huge survey area without you. Full results of these surveys will be published on the website when they are ready. Also under way is our second year… […]

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News: Call to report squirrel sightings in Stirling

…as Stirling. With the cancellation of Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels’ outdoor spring surveys and volunteer activities during the Coronavirus lockdown, the only way to continue monitoring squirrel populations at this time is through public sightings reports. The more sightings reported, the better understanding the project can gain on areas of species overlap. Mary-Anne Collis, Conservation Officer for Argyll, the Trossachs… […]

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