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Red squirrels have been facing an uncertain future for many years, but now it seems they might be enjoying a small reversal in fortunes.
A recent survey shows a slight increase in the number of reds and a fall in the number of greys across south Scotland.
As Katie Hunter reports there has also been a rise in red squirrel sightings:
Conservationists say they are encouraged by increased red squirrel sightings in Dumfries and Galloway.
The animals have been under threat following outbreaks of squirrel pox and increased competition for food from their grey cousins.
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Facts and figures on the red squirrel population in Scotland.