Squir­rel net­work cam­era fund­ing

The Galloway News - - FARMING -

The Sol­way Forests Red Squir­rel Net­work has re­ceived a grant to let it buy vi­tal equip­ment.

The vol­un­tary conservation group has been handed £200 from Red Alert South West Scot­land.

The cash will al­low the new group to buy cam­era equip­ment to mon­i­tor the move­ment and lo­ca­tion of red and grey squir­rels.

The in­cur­sion of greys into the re­gion and the re­sul­tant trans­mis­sion of the squir­relpox virus poses a se­ri­ous threat to the Sol­way forests’ red squir­rel pop­u­la­tion.

Red Alert South West Scot­land’s Jamie Car­ruthers said: “I am de­lighted that Red Alert South West Scot­land is able to sup­port the Sol­way Forests Red Squir­rel Net­work.

“The net­work’s con­tri­bu­tion to the conservation of the red squir­rel is vi­tally im­por­tant if this en­dan­gered species is to con­tinue to thrive in Dum­fries and Gal­loway.”

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