A&J Scott supporting Wooler Squirrel GroupPosted: 15th June 2017
A&J Scott are pleased to support the Wooler Squirrel Group, a volunteer organisation working to protect the red squirrel population in North Northumberland.
Affiliated to the Red Squirrel Survival Trust and Red Squirrels Northern England, the group works to build a positive future for the red squirrel, which has re-established itself as the numbers of grey squirrels in woodlands have been reduced. Britain’s native red squirrels face an uncertain future as the introduced American grey squirrel expands its range across the mainland. Currently there are an estimated 15,000 red squirrels left in England, outnumbered by over 2.5million greys, which are classed as vermin in the UK due to the threat they pose to the red squirrel and the damage they do to woodlands. Grey squirrels average twice the size of reds, and out-compete the reds for food in deciduous and mixed woodlands. They also carry squirrel pox which is harmless to them but causes a quick and painful death for red squirrels.
Northumberland is one of the last English counties with a viable population of red squirrels, with Kyloe, Detchant and Shiellow woods near Wooler forming one of the remaining 17 English Red Squirrel reserves.
The Wooler group has been working with local landowners, farmers and gamekeepers since 2000, surveying, monitoring and controlling where necessary the squirrel populations, collating data, raising awareness and training people in the approved principles and practice of wildlife/squirrel surveying, monitoring, recording and control.
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