Red squirrel numbers rise for the third year in a row
The number of red squirrels in Cumbria have risen for the third year in a row.
Two months of work by the Red Squirrels Northern England conservation found the allusive animal in 300 different woodlands and gardens across the region.
The latest survey found a rise of squirrel sightings in five per cent more sites than when they were last monitored.
It's the fourth monitoring project run by the Red Squirrels Northern England project over last two years.
But, greys were found in 15 per cent more sites, with their numbers seeming to be in recovery after a previous big drop caused by a harsh winter.
However, despite the rise in greys the findings are being welcomed.
Greys carry a pox which is fatal to the native red squirrels so they're trapped and humanely killed all over the UK to stop the spread of the disease. After this survey, that work will continue.
There has also been a rise in reds in southern Scotland, leading conservationists to be cautiously optimistic.
A good summer last year meant a bumper nut crop last Autumn and more food will probably mean more squirrels.
They do need help though. Anyone who sees a flash of red out walking or in their garden is being asked to report their sightings.
They're not out of the woods yet, but they may be becoming a more common sight. If you're lucky.
To find out more about the Red Squirrels Northern England and their work you can visit their website.