Workshop Notes from 3rd May 2018
The two Red Squirrels United projects in north Wales got together on 3rd May to offer this workshop to volunteers.
Here are some notes taken from the workshop for future reference.
Dreys – general info:
It’s not an offence to destroy/disturb a grey squirrel drey, only red
It’s an offence to block access to a red squirrel drey or disturb if in use
NOT an offence if the drey is not in use but you need to demonstrate that it is no longer in use
Some dreys can be clumps of ivy and in tree hollows so you are unlikely t... read the full story
The Red Squirrel Trust Wales is delighted to be associated with this book which gives a comprehensive insight into the natural history of the red squirrel including all the problems they currently face.
Although aimed at families and children, there are sufficient well explained scientific facts to make it an excellent read for any age group interested in red squirrel conservation. I myself learnt a lot by reading it.
There is also a section explaining the do’s and don’ts of feeding them in your garden if you are fortunate enough to have them visit you there.
The authors... read the full story
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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