|Red Squirrel by Paul Whippey|
The difficulty is that Grey Squirrels out-compete the Reds by having the ability to eat unripe nuts, the Reds have to wait for the nuts to ripen. There is also a disease problem, Greys are resistant to and carry squirrel pox which kills the Reds.
RSNE - Red Squirrels Northern England - who conduct Red Squirrel conservation work have reported encouraging news from their monitoring programme. The number of sites occupied by native Red Squirrels rose by 7% between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. Over the same period, the number of sites occupied by Grey Squirrels fell by 18%. More about the conservation work carried out by RSNE, with its team of community volunteers can be found at their website where there is a good video.
Red Squirrels may still be found in Scotland , Northern England, Northern Ireland. and on the islands of Anglesey and the Isle of Wight. There is also a breeding experiment in progress on Tresco in the Isles of Scilly which has just received a boost. Twenty Red Squirrels from the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey were flown in by helicopter and will move into woodland on Tresco.
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The British Wildlife Centre in Lingfield, Surrey