Building a Volunteer Network

…at their nearby visitor centre, and ask for a donation to the Gatehouse Squirrel Group in return. The level of giving (ca. £200 pa) appears likely to be sufficient for our current needs, but if grey control had to be conducted on a more industrial scale, substantial additional funds would be required, especially for mileage. ” Glenkens Red Squirrel Group… […]

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

…Although squirrelpox is not considered harmful to humans, anyone who sees a 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…. […]

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Coronavirus update for SSRS volunteers

  We couldn’t save Scotland’s red squirrels without the support of our volunteers, and your health and safety is of utmost importance to us. Following the latest advice from both the Scottish Government and our lead partner, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, we would like to issue the following guidance to all our volunteers in light of the current coronavirus pandemic:… […]

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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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Suspected squirrelpox cases on the Solway Coast

…are asking people living within these areas to be extra vigilant. Squirrelpox is a virus carried by grey squirrels without causing them any harm. However, if spread to red squirrels the disease is deadly. Red squirrels develop wet pus-filled lesions on their faces, particularly around the eyes, nose and mouth, as well as on their paws and genitalia. They become… […]

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Beechmast and acorns everywhere

…ability to cache food for lean periods which means that even if there is a cold snap towards spring, the supplies put by this autumn will be enough to cover shortfalls during the breeding season. Conversely, of course, a mast year is ominously good news for the health and reproduction of greys, and will be a boost to their populations… […]

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Suspected Squirrelpox outbreak near Dumfries threatens local red squirrel population

The support has been amazing, and with some family members we’ve done everything we can to get the word out by putting posters throughout the forest. The community would be devastated to lose these animals as we all love to spot them on our daily walks.” People can support the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project by reporting their sightings of… […]

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Reports of suspected squirrelpox near Cardrona

…area to please remove wildlife feeders from your gardens in order to avoid spreading the disease to healthy red squirrels visiting the feeders. Squirrelpox is a virus carried by grey squirrels without causing them any harm. However, if spread to red squirrels the disease is deadly. Feeding stations can encourage both species to come into close contact and increase the […]

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Community action in Galloway

…one autumn squirrelpox struck, and they were all gone in a few weeks. So we had to move, didn’t we… Before coming to Galloway, I was on the Biology staff at Newcastle University, where I lectured for years on conservation biology, including the devastating worldwide effects of invasive species introductions. It was natural, therefore, for me to work for more… […]

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This Year's Sightings