Isle of Man willing to become red squirrel reserve if asked

The red squirrel populations thrive in Scotland, areas of Cumbria, Northumberland and the Isle of Wight. Credit: PA images

Conservation of red squirrels has been discussed by the Isle of Man Government as an option if UK authorities requested it.

The House of Keys sitting yesterday saw the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture minister Geoffrey Boot answer a question from Arbory, Castletown and Malew MHK Jason Moorehouse about the possibility.

Mr Boot responded by saying that bringing red squirrels to the island would only be appropriate, given that there is no evidence that they previously lived on-island, if UK bodies proposed this approach to enable future conservation of the species.

He said that he would be willing to try and obtain a request from the relevant UK authorities about the matter.