Warning for wildlife after Brexit
baby trapped in the back. But this was our first snake search… and it was to last three days.”
The illusive reptile had hidden herself in a corner behind the dashboard.
And her powers of hide and seek were proving hard to beat.
Ian left food out for her but even that failed to coax her out.
After failing to locate her, Ian called Snap-on tool hire specialist, Thomas Irvine.
He supplied a micro inspection device called a boresope … thin as a lollipop stick, with a tiny camera at the end.
It was teased and flexed into tiny crevices under the bonnet.
After three days of probing, searching and scoping the illusive Magic was found curled up in a sealed box in the car’s ventilation system.
Ian then managed to coax her out with some food.
She was cold and terrified after four nights in the car.
The hunt for Magic had seen the car’s consul, glove box, lower dashboard, instrument cluster, carpet and heater blower motor removed. Red squirrels could be wiped out in Scotland due to Brexit, unless funding and urgent new laws are introduced to safeguard vital conservation work, a group of 30 leading charities has warned.
The stark warning comes from the group of charities, who claim that red squirrels, as well as other rare animals like sea mammals and some birds of prey, are at risk of extinction unless action is taken to protect Scotland’s environment when the UK leaves Europe.
The Scottish Environment Link (SEL) union of conservation groups are calling for legally binding measures to safeguard the countryside, wildlife and water quality.
One of their main concerns is that there are currently no plans to replace the European Commission’s Life-nature Fund, which has given £25 million to Scotland in the past 25 years to help with 25 conservation projects.
Charles Dundas, chairman of SEL, said: “Scotland has hugely benefited from EU funding and protections with the LIFE Fund alone supporting conservation projects.
“If and when Brexit happens, Scotland – along with the rest of the UK – will lose the unrivalled support of EU bodies and funding.
“With only months to go, this poses a serious threat to our fragile and precious natural environment.”
Red squirrels have already suffered due to a loss of habitat, disease and competition from non-native greys.
Jim spent four days looking for Magic the snake Red squirrels are at risk