We have remained at the forefront of red squirrel conservation across Scotland since 2009.
Over that time, we have garnered the support of over 550 landowners. Trained hundreds of volunteers. Collaborated with tens of local communities. Great strides have been made in protecting this iconic species.
But there is still much to be done.
Reds were once the only squirrel species in Britain. But since the 19th Century, the arrival of greys has caused a catastrophic population decline. Grey squirrels are larger, will outcompete reds for food and shelter, and perhaps most devastating, they carry squirrelpox – a virulent virus to which greys are immune, but is deadly to reds. Today, 75% of the entire UK population of red squirrels live in Scotland – but their safety isn’t guaranteed.
There has never been a more critical time to protect red squirrels.