Red squirrels on Tresco, Isles of Scilly

In October 2012, five red squirrels (one female and four males), were transported by helicopter from the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey, England to the Island of Tresco (297 ha) in the Scilly Isles off the coast of Cornwall in SW England. The aim  is to produce an island safe haven for the animals. A further 20 squirrels were moved by helicopter in September 2013. It is hoped the animals will breed next year in the woodlands around Abbey Gardens. The Establishment of red squirrels on Tresco has been organised collectively by Robin Page, the countryside editor of the Daily Telegraph, the British Wildlife Centre and the Countryside Restoration Trust (also see scillytoday, BBC News Cornwall, This is Cornwall).

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