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Protecting the Red Squirrel in Clocaenog Forest

Posted On: Mon 12 Mar 2018 Posted In: News

Natural Resources Wales has published a news item about the red squirrel project in Clocaenog Forest. "Red squirrel populations in a North Wales forest stronghold are being given a boost by Natural Resources Wales (NRW). In 1998 there were up to 400 squirrels in Clocaenog forest near Ruthin. But now that figure is thought to be less than 50 and as part of a project to secure their future, seven squirrels have been released in the area." Read the full article, with photos and videos on the NRW website. read the full story

Pine Martens confirmed as key to reversing grey squirrel invasion

Posted On: Wed 07 Mar 2018 Posted In: News

Dr Emma Sheehy, Professor Xavier Lambin and colleagues have just published some fabulous and quite ground breaking research that reveals that pine martens can help in the conservation of red squirrels. It builds upon earlier field work from Ireland which was widely reported in 2014. However, unlike the Irish work, the latest research  from Scotland used DNA forensics and computer analyses in addition to field observation to work out how changing presence of martens affect grey squirrels and crucially - also red squirrels that were present in the woodlands. The results show that pine mar... read the full story

Caught on Camera (or not!)

Posted On: Thu 01 Mar 2018 Posted In: News

If you go for a walk in Clocaenog Forest, Ruthin, you are sadly, unlikely to see one of the red squirrels that reside there. The population is at an all-time low and it’s only through dedicated volunteers checking trail cameras that we know whereabouts in the forest the reds persist. There are now 35 trail cameras positioned within the 5,500hectare forest which are distributed in four ‘blocks’. We have four trained volunteers who organise and lead groups of other volunteers to check the cameras every 6 weeks. There’s a bit of a routine that has transpired over the months which ... read the full story

A thank you to our Volunteers – it couldn’t be done without you!

Posted On: Thu 01 Feb 2018 Posted In: News

October 2017 marked the one year anniversary of the Red Squirrels United (RSU) project that Red Squirrels Trust Wales are managing in North Wales (Gwynedd/Anglesey and Clocaenog Forest). At the same time it was 6 months before the end of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) ‘Green Shoots’ project. Volunteers on the Green Shoots project have carried out grey squirrel control so RSTW have worked with BASC to share resources, ideas and to ensure best coverage of the areas that both projects work in. What better way to celebrate and to say thank you to all the vol... read the full story

New Red Squirrel Woodland Signs

Posted On: Fri 19 Jan 2018 Posted In: News

Anglesey is now known globally as a red squirrel haven and many tourists come from far and wide to catch a glimpse of these cheeky gingers. Anglesey has been a red squirrel stronghold since grey squirrels were removed from the island. Over the last 21 years the population of reds has gone from strength to strength, from an all time low of 40 individuals to a high of nearly 800 today. Red squirrels are relatively safe on Anglesey, however, as the population increases and their habitat decreases, more and more reds are being run over on our roads. One of the hotspots for red squirrel roa... read the full story

Clocaenog Forest Training Day: 19th February 2018

Posted On: Fri 19 Jan 2018 Posted In: News

Clocaenog Forest Training Day need more helpers, see poster below for details of how to book on the next training day - 19th February 2018.  read the full story

Why not keep up to date with our Facebook page?

Posted On: Thu 04 Jan 2018 Posted In: News

If you are on FACEBOOK you can keep up to date with all our work and community action to safeguard red squirrels across north Wales. read the full story

Anglesey red squirrels being screened for Leprosy

Posted On: Wed 27 Dec 2017 Posted In: News

Red Squirrels Trust Wales and partners have been working with a number of UK laboratories to screen the island squirrel population for various potentially pathogenic infections. Tests have revealed that neither LCMV or hantavirus are present but the adenovirus is widespread. Adenovirus can lead to fatal illness in some animals and this fact reinforces the need for all wooden squirrel feeders and bird tables to washed regularly with an antiviral wash. In the autumn of 2017 we discovered an outbreak of the lethal squirrel pox virus in Gwynedd and careful monitoring has so far found that the infe... read the full story

Winter Newsletter Available to Download

Posted On: Tue 19 Dec 2017 Posted In: News

The RSTW Winter 2017/18 newsletter is available to download: Newsletter winter 2017 edited ready to publish (welsh) Newsletter winter 2017 edited ready to publish read the full story

Farewell Dr Raj Jones – RSTW Ambassador Retires.

Posted On: Mon 18 Dec 2017 Posted In: News

RSTW would like to extend a huge thanks to Dr Raj Jones, who announced her retirement from her role as Ambassador for RSTW on 30th September 2017, following many years of hard work for Anglesey and Gwynedd's Red Squirrels. Dr Jones has been a vital part of the project for nearly 20 years, and was recently made an Honorary Fellow of University College Wales here at Bangor, mainly for that work. We wish Dr Jones well in her future endeavours.   read the full story