Posted on: March 13th, 2015
My Times Nature Notebook for Saturday features the plight of the red squirrel in the Southern Lakes.
Here are a few useful links.
Red Squirrel Northern England www.rsne.org.uk gives you lots of information on reds and where to see them, how to report your sightings and more.
The Westmorland Red Squirrel Society is an excellent organisation and you can follow their work here www.westmorlandredsquirrels.org.uk and if you go to http://westmorlandredsquirrels.org.uk/newsletter/ you can get access to their excellent newsletter which also gives lots of national information on red squirrels too.
The Mammal Society http://www.mammal.org.uk/ is an excellent and authoratative source of information on all mammals and the Forestry Commission has an excellent website on squirrels too http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/redsquirrel
One of the best places to see red squirrels is the National Trust's Allen Bank property in the Lake Disrit, just a few hundred yards walk outside of Grasmere. William Wordsworth described it as 'the loveliest spot that man hath ever found. I quite agree. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere/
I also write about a very interesting research study - that you can read here http://bit.ly/1fsVWi1 - that suggests that the restoration of the pine marten population in Ireland may be leading to suppression of grey squirrels and helping the reds. Its early days in this work and the phenomenon hasn't been seen anywhere else in the range of these animals.
I also refer to the Vincent Wildlife Trust project to reintroduce - or as they prefer to 'reinforce' a population of pine martens into Wales. Keep an eye out on the VWT site for more information http://bit.ly/1EikF5K
Red squirrel images to the left courtesy of Wiki Commons