Welcome to the website of
Red Squirrel Society. We are a
group of local volunteers who share an interest in the conservation of our native
red squirrels in the South Cumbria area.
We aim to raise awareness about
the threats to the red squirrels’ survival and to work with our members, the local
community and other groups towards eliminating those threats wherever possible, so
ensuring that the sight of our charming red squirrels can be enjoyed by future
generations of Cumbrians and visitors alike.
revival in SE Lakes
More and more, WRSS is getting reports of
red squirrels reclaiming old territories in locations where people are saying
they haven’t been seen for 5, 10, 15, even 20 years. This is particularly the case where WRSS volunteers have
been working hard over the last 3 years to reduce the threat of grey
squirrels, and many landowners and individuals have also been contributing
towards keeping the spread of greys in check – a truly local
But WRSS is not
It is one of many similar voluntary red squirrel
groups in the north of England, between them covering Cumbria and much of
Northumberland. Since 2011, these voluntary groups have had official backing from
the Red Squirrels Northern England project, which for WRSS has led to increasing
and welcome support from bodies such as the National Trust and the Lake District
It all adds up to a
real opportunity to make a lasting difference, and now WRSS wants to build on
this success to ensure a safe future for our red squirrels in SE Cumbria.
To do that, WRSS needs your help – both financial
and practical. Read more>>
Whether you are out walking, or if you see red or grey
squirrels in your garden, we are very interested to hear about it. We rely on your
information to help us monitor our squirrel populations. You can report your
sightings using the online sightings form on our Sightings>> page.
All red sightings reported will be shown on our WRSS 2014 Red
Sightings Map opposite, along with the grid reference and date of last
sighting for that location. No personal details of those reporting the sightings
will be shown.
It is recommended to view the larger map and then return to our site using your
browser back button. You will then see a list of all the sightings with a date and
grid reference for each. If you select the satellite or earth view for the map and
zoom in, you can almost see the squirrels!
We really appreciate your help by reporting your sightings - thank you!
are at risk from squirrel pox virus. Read more>>
Please donate to help our reds
WRSS charity boxes
WRSS now has charity
collection boxes. If you know of a local business that will host a
box, please contact us>>
WRSS is very grateful for the support received from local
businesses through donations and corporate membership.
If your organisation would like to support us in any way,
please contact us>>
If you are a local landowner interested in helping to conserve our
red squirrel population, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us>>