People all over Scotland are being asked to take part in the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey between 23 – 29 September.
This survey is led by Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, a partnership project led by the Trust. During this week (which coincides with National Red Squirrel Week) why not spend some time exploring the outdoors while keeping a lookout for both red and grey squirrels.
You can then report where and when you saw them on the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels website, scottishsquirrels.org.uk
Project Manager Dr Mel Tonkin said: “We monitor squirrel populations throughout the year, and in 2018 we received an incredible 8,400 squirrel sightings from members of the public. This year, thanks to support from National Lottery players, we’re trying something a bit different.
“By going out and looking for squirrels during the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey people can help us create a more detailed snapshot of the current situation on the ground.”
Autumn is an ideal time of year for squirrel-watching. They can be easier to spot as they move through the treetops, foraging for the autumn harvest of seeds, nuts and berries. They will also be spending more time on the ground, building up stores of food in preparation for the colder months ahead.
Gordon Buchanan, wildlife filmmaker and Scottish Wildlife Trust ambassador added: “The red squirrel is an iconic Scottish species. Thanks to conservation efforts their populations are beginning to stabilise, but their future is still under threat. Taking part in the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey is a really simple way you can help.”
The results of the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey will be published later this year.