Announcing ‘Rowan’ – Sculpted by Kirsty Armstrong

Untitled attachment 00377This is ‘Rowan’, my fifth Red Squirrel sculpture in the series. She is a determined and mischievous juvenile, the second ‘off-spring’ of ‘Charles’ and ‘Willow’ and sister to ‘George’.

‘Rowan’ is a limited edition of 150 pieces, some of which will be cast in white resin and hand painted, and some will be made in cold-cast copper. She is life-sized and is in an autumnal woodland floor setting with newly fallen Rowan leaves, and conkers peeping out glossily from their still green casings. Rowan in either cold-cast copper or hand painted resin costs £150.00 which INCLUDES TRACKED AND INSURED POSTAGE.

I donate a percentage of my profits from each sale to red squirrel conservation projects. So far the total donated is just under £1,700 and this has gone towards research into Adenovirus and Squirrelpox virus, the development of a Squirrelpox vaccine and FLIR infrared cameras.

You can order Rowan from my ‘JUSTKIRSTY’ Folksy shop: where there is a secure checkout. To find out more about me and my work, visit my website at:

Squirrel Knitting


Fuzzytuft knitting patterns were created and written by knitwear designer Wendy Phillips for Westmorland Red Squirrels>>. They are available as instant PDF downloads and all proceeds from the sale of each pattern will be used to help maintain a healthy population of red squirrels in South Lakeland (English Lake District). To see the range of patterns, choose from one of the two online shops listed below by clicking on the logo.

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Red Squirrel Prints Available

Red Squirrel- Asley BoonAshley Boon, Cumbrian Wildlife Artist who has been deeply involved in Red Squirrel conservation in his part of Cumbria for a long time, has published a limited edition of 150 copies of this red squirrel print. It measures 8 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches and costs £75 with 20 per cent of each sale going to his local red squirrel conservation group.

To order, please contact Ashley at

ESI Launches New Red Squirrel Book

Red Squirrels - Ecology Conservation  Management in  EuropeA new book on red squirrel management and conservation in the UK and across Europe, the first of its kind for 20 years, has been published by the European Squirrel Initiative. Red Squirrels: Ecology, Conservation & Management in Europe is essential reading for those with an interest in red squirrel conservation and ecology and the authors hope to have contributed to a wider debate.

The book ties together subjects covering habitat, ecology, disease, conservation and population management of the red squirrel, as well as its complex interaction with the North American grey squirrel. Written by world renowned experts, this review of current research and practice is accessible to the non-scientist as well as to those studying ecology and conservation.

Edited by: Craig M. Shuttleworth, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, Bangor University; Peter W.W. Lurz, Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh and Matthew W. Hayward, Senior Lecturer in Conservation, Bangor University
ISBN: 978-0-9547576-1-8
Cover Price: £20.00
Published by and available from: European Squirrel Initiative>>

Money Raised For Red Squirrels Through Sculpture Sales

Leaping Red Squirrel Brooch - Copper or Bronze

Leaping Red Squirrel Brooch – Copper or Bronze

Kirsty Armstrong is a professional sculptor who donates a percentage of her profits from every squirrel sculpture sale to Red Squirrel conservation projects throughout the UK. So far, she has given£1500 which has gone to RSST (towards Squirrel pox virus research), RSTW (for Adenovirus research) and to B&DRSG (towards the purchase of a FLIR thermal imaging camera), and the total increases with every sale.

George – squirrel kitten in copper

George – squirrel kitten in copper

Kirsty’s first squirrel ‘Charles’ (No.1 of which is owned by HRH Prince Charles), is now completely sold out, however, there are still a number of the limited editions of ‘Willow’, ‘George’ and ‘Hope’ still available. Both ‘Willow’ and ‘George’ are in cold-cast copper or hand painted resin, while ‘Hope’ is only a painted version. Orders are also now being taken for ‘Rowan’, which Kirsty is presently sculpting (Spring 2015).

For further information on Kirsty’s work, please go to or email  or telephone 01697741012.