Pub­lic are asked to see red with sur­vey

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

VIS­I­TORS to and res­i­dents of Scot­land’s first na­tional park are be­ing called upon to help mon­i­tor en­dan­gered red squir­rels in the area.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park and Sav­ing Scot­land’s Red Squir­rels project are work­ing to­gether to strengthen the red squir­rel pop­u­la­tion within the na­tional park, a na­tion­ally im­por­tant refuge for the na­tive species.

Peo­ple are be­ing asked to help the an­nual sur­vey of red squir­rels by re­port­ing any sight­ings of them and grey squir­rels on­line.

Red squir­rels are in dan­ger in Scot­land be­cause of the spread of non-na­tive greys, which not only com­pete for food and space but also carry a dis­ease called squir­relpox which is of­ten fa­tal to reds. Greys are car­ri­ers of the dis­ease but are re­sis­tant to it.

Ear­lier this year, the Scot­tish Wildlife Trust was awarded a grant of £2.46 mil­lion from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund (HLF) for the Sav­ing Scot­land’s Red Squir­rels project to en­list com­mu­nity vol­un­teers.

The an­nual sur­vey is now un­der way us­ing feeder boxes to see where both reds and greys are across the land­scape. MaryAnne Col­lis, Sav­ing Scot­land’s Red Squir­rels project of­fi­cer for Argyll, Trossachs and Stir­ling­shire, said: ‘ We rely on lo­cals and vis­i­tors to let us know what is hap­pen­ing so we can fo­cus our ef­forts. We are very keen to know what squir­rels are about and would love peo­ple to record their sight­ings on our web­site.’

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