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Do you want to help red squirrels?

The red squirrel is the UK’s only native squirrel species and was once widespread across our islands. Red squirrel populations have declined since the introduction of the grey squirrel in 1876, and it is now thought there are less than 140,000 red squirrels left in the wild.

Red Squirrels United is the biggest ever partnership of academics, practitioners and volunteers.  They are working together on a scientifically robust programme of red squirrel conservation.  They are focusing on 9 main areas of squirrel populations across Northern Ireland, England and Wales.  

Red squirrels need your help! ©Red Squirrels United

Red Squirrels United need you!  

Ways they need volunteers to help...

  • Put up camera traps and feeders
  • Enthuse the public and school children about red squirrels and teach them how they can help
  • Help monitor red squirrels by recording sightings click here. Red squirrel community groups monitor their local populations. You can help them by sharing any information on the health of the red squirrel and its location.
  • Report grey squirrel sightings here.as well to help Red Squirrels United target control where necessary.  This helps protect red squirrels from competition and disease.

The National Trust has highlighted the 10 best places to see red squirrels on its properties.     


 

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