Projects

Grey squirrels in British woodlands: understanding bark stripping and reproductive biology.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Christopher Nichols writes about his recently started PhD project, “The economic cost to the GB forestry industry from bark stripping in beech, sycamore and oak is estimated at £10 million per year (Forestry Commission, 2004). The aims of this project are to discover the reasons why grey squirrels strip the bark from trees and to […]

Red squirrels on the island of Anglesey move into town gardens

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Conservation efforts to return red squirrels to the island of Angelsey off the north west coast of Wales have gone so well that red squirrels are now being seen in people’s gardens. Over the past 15 years, conservation work has involved removing alien grey squirrels and reintroducing red squirrels to boost the dwindling population. Now […]

Red squirrel conservation in the north of England

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) is a red squirrel conservation partnership in the north of England, principally in Cumbria, Northumberland, Merseyside, Lancashire, north-west Durham and the Yorkshire Dales. Visit their web site if you want to join a red squirrel group, send in a sighting or find out where to see red squirrels in these regions.

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Thursday, January 26th, 2012

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Plan to cull grey squirrels in North Wales

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Friends of the Anglesey Red Squirrels (FARS) are planning to cull large numbers of grey squirrels in the area between Bangor and the Ogwen Valley. Red squirrels have spread from Anglesey to the Mainland as a result if the intensive conservation measures carried out on the island by Craig Shuttleworth and colleagues largely involving removing […]

Monitoring squirrel populations using camera traps

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Following extensive trials of camera trap locations, settings and protocols at Edinburgh Botanical gardens in 2009, a two year research project is now under way in Cumbria to test the use of camera traps for red squirrel monitoring. The Queen Mary, London University led research project by John Gurnell, Corrie Bruemmer and Peter Lurz investigates […]

Modelling ecological networks and dispersal in the grey squirrel Sciurus carolinensis

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Claire Stevenson, PhD student, Centre for Wildlife Conservation, University of Cumbria, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH. Email: Claire.Stevenson”at”Cumbria.ac.uk .  The Grey Squirrel was introduced to Britain in the 19th Century and is now widespread and continuing to increase its range. Understanding temporal and spatial dispersal patterns and, how different land cover types affect species movement and ecological networks is particularly […]

Squirrels in suburbia: the avian impact of urban grey squirels.

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Colin Bonnington is carrying out a PhD study at the University of Sheffield on the impacts of grey squirrels on birds in urban areas.

Genetic and ecological determinants of the expansion of grey squirrel populations across Europe

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Anna Lisa Signorile, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus, SL5 7PY, UK  or  Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY The American Grey Squirrel is an alien invasive species that has been released many times in several areas across the world for recreational purposes. In Britain, following multiple introductions from the USA and […]

Red squirrel habitat mapping using remote sensing

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Silvia Flaherty, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9XP. Tel. 0131 650 9172 The red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), the only squirrel species native to the UK, is now considered endangered, is listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and is also under legal protection. The future of red squirrel conservation will […]