Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Red Squirrel stronghold

As part of a nation-wide plan to help safeguard the country’s surviving Red Squirrel population, some of the Forestry Commission woodland in Galloway has been declared a Red Squirrel Stronghold site.

There are 18 sites across Scotland, each site being at least 2000 hectares in size. This will mean around 100,000 ha will be managed to maximise food supplies for Reds (from cone bearing conifers) and restricting food sources preferred by Greys (large seeded broadleaves.)

The population of Red Squirrels in Scotland now represents about 75% of the UK total.
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  1. Hi, sad to say that i've not been up to the park yet, hopefully i will travel up in the not too distant future...i'm very much into walking in the woods, we live in kent and have beautiful ancient woods but we cannot see the sky at night...keep nature as it should and peace to all. stepping-lightly :-)

  2. Why is it that the 33 accepted native british trees don't include any conifers other than scots pine, which itself is unsuitable for red squirrels? Surely if the red squirrel is native, you'd expect the trees they do best in to be within the native list too?


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