Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels

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Our new recruits: welcome to Team Squirrel!

new recruits It’s a really exciting time to be working for Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels. Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish LEADER programme, the latest phase in the project is focusing on 'developing community action'. To help us achieve this aim, we've recruited four new members of staff.  … read more

  • 14th Aug 2017, by Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels
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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

  • 13th Jul 2017, by Mel Tonkin
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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
  • Blog

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. 

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  • 20th Mar 2017, by Mel Tonkin - SSRS Project Manager
  • Blog

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

126 Red with nice background RL The Scottish Wildlife Trust has been awarded a grant of £2.46 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Developing Community Action project.

Over the next five years Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels will enlist many more volunteers from communities in our three key regions to carry out practical work to protect and strengthen red squirrel populations in their local area, and in turn safeguard squirrels across Scotland.

We aim to provide high quality training and support to hundreds of local people and land managers to take on a vital role in the long–term protection of the country’s red squirrels.

Image copyright: Raymond Leinster … read more

To feed or not to feed?

42 red squirrels 0837 - (c) Steve Gardner Christmas dinner for squirrels - what to do and what NOT to do!

Image copyright: Steve Gardner … read more

This year's sightings

 
 
 

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