This brilliant book is special. It brings together, in one important volume, a large body of scientific evidence, frontline experience and key insights on achieving landscape-scale recovery for red squirrel populations from the leading practitioners working in the UK today. It is an exceptional blend of authoritative contributions from experts with a wide range of perspectives: from volunteers, voluntary groups and landowners through to researchers, academics and leading figures in the professional red squirrel community.
The common thread which brings this diverse community together is a passion for red squirrels. They are united by their shared vision to secure a thriving and self-sustaining future for this amazing, iconic and fascinating species. It can be downloaded free of charge as a PDF here>>
Welcome to our June 2020 newsletter. It’s been a while since our previous newsletter in December. We’ve had a few distractions, as I’m sure you can all appreciate, but we are marching on strongly despite the current pandemic crisis. We hope that this eNewsletter finds you and your families all well.
Welcome to our Spring 2020 Newsletter
As I write this, we are in the throes of the terrible Coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown that has been put in place to prevent its spread. It seems hard to imagine life returning to normal at times, but it will. When is a very different matter. We have a very long way to go and every aspect of our world is affected. Read more>>
Welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of the MADRS Newsletter
Who would have guessed, even a month ago, that our world would be turned upside down by Covid-19 this Spring. We hope that you are all staying as safe and healthy as possible whilst continuing to enjoy your daily exercise activities close to home. If you are lucky enough to live in proximity to squirrels, please remember that we rely on you to report your sightings of both reds and greys in order to help protect the reds from diseases carried by greys. We continue to hear some good news stories of places where reds are now being seen again after a prolonged absence, due to vigilant reporting coupled with grey control: see our piece by Glen Graham, the National Trust’s Red Squirrel Ranger at Wallington. But it is an uphill struggle so please help us to help the reds!
Welcome to our December 2019 newsletter, and best wishes to all our supporters for the coming festive season. Let’s hope 2020 proves to be the year of the squirrel (of the red variety!). We hope you enjoy this latest update.
White Tailed Eagle & Buzzards
Quite rightly, a lot of people are concerned about the introduction of White Tailed Eagles to the Isle of Wight. Helen is dubious about the re-introduction, although it’s very unlikely they will have a significant impact on red squirrels. As species are under stress thanks to human activities, a top predator is not going to help our wildlife. Farmers are also very concerned as the birds take lambs. Eyewitness reports of buzzards taking red squirrels are still coming in and one gentleman took this picture of a tail from a freshly caught red squirrel. It seems this is all the buzzard leaves. It’s nature but not at all helpful to the red squirrel cause!
Funding Boost for Red Squirrel Conservation
Enthusiastic volunteers joined project staff last month for a ‘squirrel-chewed cone’ survey at Clywedog Forest near Llanfair Clydogau to celebrate the launch of the new Healthy Reds Project. Healthy Reds is a three year project run by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) that aims to find out more about the fragile read more>>
Welcome to our summer 2019 newsletter. As ever it has been a real roller coaster with a series of highs and lows. A good breeding season for red squirrels but unfortunately for greys too. Over the spring and early summer, this has resulted in an unprecedented number of squirrel pox outbreaks. This is the result of the deadly virus carried by greys being passed onto reds and this has devastated the red population in some localised areas and sadly, it seems, right down the River Lowther valley. Read more>>