Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels

Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels

 

New job opportunity

HLF_english_compact_pantone A new vacancy is soon to come up in Aberdeenshire: we are looking for a conservation professional to join the Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels - Developing Community Action project.  

We need someone to lead the work in North East Scotland to protect red squirrels from replacement by grey squirrels and work towards the complete removal of grey squirrels from the region.  It will be important to be able to inspire people to value their local red squirrels through public engagement such as talks, guided walks, events and training workshops to promote active involvement of highly motivated and well trained volunteers.

For further information, please follow the link to the advert HERE

The Riddle of the Balding Squirrels

Balding squirrel1 - Neil James Why are some squirrels losing so much hair in the spring that parts of them are completely bald?

Every year in April to May we get a flurry of queries relating to red squirrels that have lost large parts of their coat, leaving large areas of their body totally hairless. Often it looks like the squirrel has taken off a jacket to reveal nothing underneath. … read more

  • 26th Apr 2017, by Mel Tonkin
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2016 Spring Survey Report

Squirrel in feeder box (c) Katrina Martin, 2020VISION The report from last year's surveys is now available to download, for those of you who have not seen it yet.

In Spring of 2016 a magnificent 222 tetrads, each with 4 feeder-boxes, were completed across our project areas - that's 2,664 hair samples! The coverage we achieve with our surveys is in large measure down to the amazing volunteer effort that goes into looking after the boxes and collecting in the hair samples. 

  … read more

  • 20th Mar 2017, by Mel Tonkin - SSRS Project Manager
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Sprinting Winter Squirrels

standing squirrel Craig Doogan Spring in southern Scotland is on the cusp of springing. Leaf buds bulge on trees, and daffodil bulbs are nudging each other, encouraging one another to launch a flower shoot. Red Squirrels will now have the first litters of young in the breeding dreys, and females may spend more time in the drey than at other times. … read more

  • 17th Mar 2017, by Stewart Smith and Mel Tonkin
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This year's sightings

 
 
 

Programme leaders

Scottish Wildlife Trust Forestry Commission Scottish Land and Estates
 
Scottish Natural Heritage Red Squirrel Survival Trust RSPB

Recent squirrel sightings

 

 

Seen a red or grey squirrel recently? Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels needs your help. Please report your squirrel sighting using our dedicated online sightings page. This will help us get a clear picture of red and grey squirrel distribution across Scotland.

Report a squirrel sighting now!