Keeping track of red squirrel numbers in gardens around Gatehouse of Fleet

  During the Covid-19 lockdown in Galloway, members of the Squirrel Group in and around Gatehouse of Fleet have continued to monitor their local red squirrel population from the comfort of their own homes and gardens. Peter Garson tells us all about a garden count scheme which just keeps on running.   Seeing red squirrels […]

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Coronavirus: Update for SSRS volunteers

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  Following the First Minister’s announcement of Phase 1 of the Route Map easing coronavirus restrictions, in which it was stated that priority outdoor work that has been put on hold could resume from Friday 29th May, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has been working on guidance that will allow priority outdoor activities to restart.   […]

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A year of saving red squirrels in East Wigtownshire

  For Volunteers’ Week, David Miller, Chair of the East Wigtownshire Red Squirrel Group reflects on the group’s experiences one year after its formation. Established in 2019, the aim of the group is to protect the red squirrels of the River Cree catchment and the Machars Peninsula. Although red squirrels are still thriving in the […]

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Coronavirus: annual spring survey cancellation

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  Following last month’s suspension of all SSRS outdoor volunteer work in light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel the project’s annual survey which takes place in Spring.   After careful consideration, it has been decided that the 2020 annual Spring Survey will not continue after lockdown restrictions are […]

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Volunteering by numbers

  We often say that we couldn’t save Scotland’s red squirrels without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, and we mean it!   Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels is a pretty big team. We have 19 full-time members of staff, rising to 27 during the summer months. Whether we’re carrying out grey squirrel control […]

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Moving forward with the Red Squirrel Forum for South Scotland

Around 15 people gathered around tables in a hall with colourful bunting on the wall above

  The first ‘Red Squirrel Forum for South Scotland’ conference took place in Johnstonebridge on Saturday 27 October, bringing together the many volunteer groups and individuals working to protect red squirrels across the region.   The event was a significant step in our collective efforts to develop landscape-scale community action across South Scotland, which is […]

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