A scheme to trap grey squirrels in Grizedale Forest is entering it's second year. The aim is to reclaim the area as a habitat for the native red species.
Sightings of red squirrels are now being reported in parts of Cumbria where they have not been seen for decades.
Ryan Dollard reports:
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."
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.
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.
A landmark Forestry Commission conservation project has entered a new chapter as 30 more red kites are released into Grizedale Forest.
Red kites were successfully reintroduced to the heart of the Lake District in the summer of 2010 and again in 2011.
Now a new wave of hatchlings from the Forestry Commission's breeding site in Rockingham Forest, Northamptonshire are ready for release into Cumbria's skies.The latest group of juvenile raptors are spending a month gaining strength in a custom made pen at a secret location in Grizedale Forest.
The Forestry Commission North West England has been granted a special licence to release 90 red kites in Grizedale Forest over a three year period. The latest arrivals mark the third and final phase of the landmark final reintroduction of the birds in England.
Red kites were almost eradicated from the UK following changes in farming practices and human persecution between the 16th and 19th centuries. Numbers then recovered slowly and the UK population is expanding and there are now thought to be over 1,000 pairs of the birds in the country.
Nearly 50 thousand pounds has been awarded to a group which helps protect Cumbria's red squirrels.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has made the award which will help conserve and strengethen squirrel numbers in the Grizedale area.
The Westmorland Red Squirrel Society says the cash will be used to fund a two year project.
Red squirrels are our only native squirrel but have been displaced from most of England by
the introduced American grey.
Cumbria is one of the last strongholds for the animal.
Jackie Foott, the Project Coordinator, said: "We are delighted to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project protecting our iconic red squirrel which is such an important part of Cumbrian heritage."