Morpeth and District Red Squirrels (MADRS) continues to go from strength to strength. We are really pleased to welcome another 9 grey controllers to the group who are all helping in the constant regime of grey control to help ensure the survival of our native reds. From January through to June, MADRS has collectively removed 553 greys. A huge Thank You to everyone who contributes to this vital work as without it, our native iconic red squirrel would not survive.
The Confor Woodland Show 2015 is being held on 10 / 11 September 2015 on the Longleat Estate. For full details, see the event flyer here>>
An item on the re-introduction of the Pine Marten for grey squirrel control may be of interest – whichever side of the debate you’re on.
Q&A Panel: Species introduction
9.45 – 11.00 – 11 September 2015 in the Confor marquee
Chair: Dougal Driver
Introduction: Ian Gambles, Forestry Commission England
Panel: Jonathan Spencer (Forestry Commission); Emma Sheehy (Aberdeen University); Vincent Wildife Trust; Derek Gow; and, BASC.
Join Confor for a bacon butty and put your questions to the panel. The subject of species re-introduction is one that arouses polarised opinions. The moral argument is put forward that we exterminated these species so we should bring them back. Others note that they were exterminated for a reason, and that the factors that made them extinct in the first place e.g. habitat loss and hunting, need to have been dealt with before a re-introduction can take place. There is a legal side to it involving UN conservation body the IUCN, which requires member states to consider re-introducing species that have become extinct for, say, conservation management. This debate will focus on beavers for watercourse management and Pine martens for grey squirrel control.
Read about our recently published monitoring results, an opportunity to spend the day with Iolo Williams and lots of native wildlife and also more information about the new Environmental Stewardship scheme. More>>
Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) has just published the results of its annual red and grey squirrel survey, which once again confirms that red squirrels can still be found in 7 counties in northern England.
You can download the full Spring 2015 report and find out more about RSNE’s Squirrel Monitoring Programme here>>
The 2014 Red Squirrels Northern England maps are now available on our website. The North East of England, the North West of England, Lancashire & Merseyside and the Yorkshire Dales each have two maps, one showing red squirrel presence and the other showing the impact of grey control.
To see the maps full size either click on the individual maps or visit our Red Squirrel And Grey Control Maps page>>
The new MWRSP website has gone live! As well as key information and reports on our red squirrels, the new site includes an easy-to-use reporting facility for red squirrel sightings. You can also find out where and when reds have been seen in your locality by checking out maps of red squirrel sightings. Please do donate if you can to our Red Squirrel Appeal, all the more imperative after the sad news that Environment Wales grants have been withdrawn. Read more>>
A PDF version of the Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership’s newsletter is available here>>
RSNE have won the BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Wildlife Success Story of the Year for 2014/15
Grey Squirrels and England’s Woodland – Policy and Action>>
At the request of the Secretary of State, the Forestry Commission has been reviewing grey squirrel policy in England. This document is an update on progress including the policy and action plan