Red squirrels are a nationally endangered species and the aim of this site is to help us map their whereabouts, which will help us plan for their future. Please do send in your records and get involved. The future of the Highland Red Squirrel is in your hands.
Red squirrels in the UK are endangered by 4 principal threats: the Grey Squirrel, the Squirrelpox disease, the removal of woodland and road kills. We need your help to report sightings and undertake surveys.
Grey squirrels were introduced into the UK by the Victorians in the late 19th century. Since then, they have largely replaced red squirrels in much of England and have made considerable in-roads into Scotland. So far the story in the Highlands is very positive, we have no grey squirrels!
With your help we can keep Highland red squirrels thriving through sightings, surveys and your discussions. However, If you do think you have seen a grey within Highland or near by, please do report it.
Red Squirrels of the Highlands
If you see or hear of a grey squirrel in the Highlands, please contact us through this website. Read this blog about this subject.
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HIGHLAND RED SQUIRREL GROUP – for those looking for the HRSG, you have come to the right place! To join the group for
only £5 – click here for a membership form.
Find out where red squirrel sightings have been reported and if you’ve seen one yourself, let us know!
A study to find out how a form of leprosy is affecting the UK’s threatened red squirrels is to be carried out in Dorset. The project on Brownsea Island aims to discover how the disease affects and is passed between native red squirrels. Leprosy was first identified in red squirrels in Scotland in 2014. You […]