Squir­rel call

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE - Stu­art Gille­spie

Map­ping help plea made

A plea has gone out for help cre­at­ing a squir­rel map of the Ste­wartry.

The Sav­ing Scot­land’s Red Squir­rels project wants peo­ple to tell them when and where they see the an­i­mals – greys as well – so they can cre­ate the maps pin­point­ing ar­eas where they can be found.

The re­gion is home to a large num­ber of red squir­rels but num­bers have fallen rapidly in re­cent years due to the in­creas­ing num­ber of the larger greys.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer, Dr Stephanie Johnstone, said: “Peo­ple in many parts of Dum­fries and Gal­loway are for­tu­nate to be liv­ing so close to red squir­rels and are very used to hav­ing them around.

“Places like Gate­house of Fleet, New Gal­loway and New Abbey are havens for red squir­rels, yet our cur­rent sight­ings map would make any­one think they were grey dom­i­nated ar­eas.

“It is true that small num­bers of grey squir­rels are mov­ing into these ar­eas and it’s fan­tas­tic that lo­cal peo­ple un­der­stand how im­por­tant it is that we know about these sight­ings, but re­port­ing red squir­rel sight­ings is equally im­por­tant.

“It helps us mon­i­tor the im­pact our work is hav­ing, and know where to fo­cus our ef­forts and lim­ited re­sources.

“Plus, we want to show the rest of the coun­try what a great place Dum­fries and Gal­loway cur­rently is for red squir­rels, and demon­strate that they are still worth sav­ing!”

Squir­rel sight­ings can be re­ported us­ing www. scot­tish­squir­rels.org.uk.

Photo: Ray­mond Le­in­ster

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