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Red squirrel numbers continue to rise

The number of red squirrels in Cumbria have risen for the third year in a row Credit: PA

The number of red squirrels in Cumbria have risen for the third year in a row.

Two months of surveying work, carried out over two months, found the allusive animal in 300 different woodlands and gardens.

The findings come from the fourth monitoring project in two years by the Red Squirrels Northern England.

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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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