The Caledonian Forest Wildlife Project in Scotland set to help red squirrels

A new Caledonian Forest Wildlife Project in Scotland involving Trees for Life and the Highland Foundation for Wildlife plans to translocate red squirrels from thriving populations in Moray and Inverness to 10 new locations – these sites still to be confirmed. The Project will be funded by a grant of £61,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (see BBC News). Elsewhere in Scotland (e.g. Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire, and the north-east of Scotland), numbers of red squirrels are said to be increasing (see The Scotsman), but the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels Project (also see SNH website) indicate that conservation work will be needed for many years to secure the future of the iconic species in Scotland.

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