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
One of the hotspots for red squirrel roa... read the full story
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
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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
The RSTW Winter 2017/18 newsletter is available to download:
Newsletter winter 2017 edited ready to publish (welsh)
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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.
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Following confirmation that a Gwynedd red squirrel died from the highly infectious squirrel pox virus, we had then found two suspected island cases of the infection. These included a young female found dead in Coed Mor near the Britannia bridge with a large lesion on the face. The body was sent to Animal Plant Health Agency labs for a full post mortem and histological examination. The results in both cases were negative.
Advice to the public is:
1. Please report an dead or dying red squirrels; including road deaths as soon as possible.
2. Clean feeders regularly and apply an anti-... read the full story
We once again we will be attending North Wales' favourite woodland events. Join us in celebrating our native trees and woodlands with our red squirrel crafts, conservation demonstrations and much more.
We are delighted to be at the 2017 Anglesey Woodland Festival at Plas Newydd on 23rd & 24th of September. read the full story
A subadult male red squirrel was found dead in Gwynedd with symptoms characteristic of the deadly Squirrelpox virus. The body was sent to Animal & Plant Health labs for post mortem and histology tests.
In this case SQUIRREL POX has been confirmed. read the full story