Encouraging news for red squirrels in Cumbria

A red squirrel conservation project has been hailed as a success- one year on

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'Trapping grey squirrels is necessary'

Mike Thornley, red squirrel officer, with a grey squirrel traps Credit: ITV News Border

Mike Thornley is a Red Squirrel Officer, he said:

"Trapping grey squirrels and taking them out of habitats is the only way to give red squirrels a future.

"The species cannot co-exist and if we don't clear habitats for them then our native squirrels will die out."

A grey squirrel trap Credit: ITV News Border
Jackie Foott, the Project Co-ordinator Credit: ITV News Border

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Squirrel feeding stations installed

One of the squirrel feeding stations Credit: ITV News Border

The project is hoping to map red and grey squirrel populations over the coming years by putting up feeding stations linked to automatic cameras.

The data will help assess how effectively the conservation scheme is working.

Feeding station up a tree Credit: ITV News Border

Good news for red squirrels in Grizedale

A red squirrel conservation project has been hailed as a success- one year on.

The Westmorland Red Squirrel Society's 'Grizedale Red Squirrels' have reported that the red squirrels are boasting healthy populations in and around Grizedale Forest, and they are beginning to spread further afield.

A joint effort between the Forestry Commission, Lake District National Park, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Red Squirrels Northern England, Red Squirrel Survival Trust and landowners, hase ensured that the population of red squirrels is not allowed to dwindle.

A grant of almost £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund has aso helped with the control of the greys to reduce their threat to the protection and growth of the red species.

"We have been immensely encouraged by the number of red squirrels sighted in the Grizedale area and also by the positive response from everybody involved.

"This is a wonderful example of 'community energy' creating a powerful network to benefit a local wildlife species which was desperately in need of help."

– Jackie Foott, the Project Co-ordinator
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