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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
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Put RED on the map

121_Feeder-box loaded-Lee Renouf-Miller-Jul09-5 Spring is the best time to look for squirrels - squirrels are active with mating chasing and young squirrels to feed and with no leaves on the trees yet, they are easy to spot.  Our annual Spring Survey is underway but we need YOUR HELP to record squirrel activity in your local woods or in your garden.  Visit our website to report your squirrel sightings and help put RED (and grey) on the map. … read more

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
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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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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

Shape up with the squirrel diet plan

red squirrel with carrot As we prepare our special flexible-waisted ‘January trousers’ ahead of the Christmas eating onslaught, our favourite redhead has other ideas. … read more

Cosy hideouts

grey.black red squirrel (possibly continental) How do squirrels survive the winter?  Do they hibernate?  The cold weather is a tough time for animals, how do they managed to stay warm?  Check out our latest blog about squirrel survival strategies.  This dark little red squirrel is collecting moss for a cosy bed. … 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