For squirrels seen in Northumberland and Newcastle please report your red and grey squirrel sightings by email to the red squirrel group nearest to where you saw the squirrel. The map below shows the locations of our groups – click on the coloured area to find the name of the group and their email contact details.
There’s information below the map about the details to include with your sighting report. The list can be copied and pasted into your email as a guide. We need your contact details for verification purposes.
There are some red squirrels in the Upper Derwent Valley, Upper Weardale, and mid-Teesdale. If you see a red or grey squirrel in these areas, please report them to either the Upper Derwent Valley, Upper Weardale, Allen Valley, Slaley Red Squirrel Groups, or in the case of Teesdale, to the chair/co-ordinator of NRS (Northumberland) (see below) as appropriate.
At present, as there are no red squirrels in the rest of County Durham, and no red squirrel groups, there is no point in reporting grey squirrels from the rest of the county of Durham, as there is nothing that can be done about them.
If you live in a part of Northumberland or Newcastle that is not covered by a red squirrel group, and you would like to get involved, please contact Nick Leeming, chair/co-ordinator of Northern Red Squirrels (Northumberland) at
Details to include in your emailed sighting report – you can copy and paste this list into your email:
Date of sighting:
Red or grey?:
Number of squirrels seen:
Where you saw the squirrel – for example, nearest town/village, then name of wood or road:
Grid reference of sighting – either 6 or 10 figure – follow this link for help>>:
Postcode – if the sighting is at a property:
Please add any further helpful information you can, such as whether the squirrel looked healthy, how long you watched it for and so on.