Report your sightings of red and grey squirrels...

Your red and grey squirrel sightings are a very important part of our conservation work.

Red squirrels
Your sighting reports help us to track red squirrels’ progress as they reclaim their old territories, and to check that they are still present in areas where they are already established. Without your help this would not be possible – red squirrels are not easy to spot, and we can’t monitor all the places that you know and visit. If you are seeing red squirrels regularly in one place, we’d be very grateful for a 6-monthly update, and to hear if anything unusual occurs - 2 seen together can indicate a breeding pair, 3 or more might be a young family.

If you see a sick red squirrel, or if you find a dead red squirrel showing signs of disease or one that has not obviously died in a road accident or similar, please contact us immediately on 07836 584201 or 01539 552340.

Grey squirrels
Your grey squirrel sighting reports help us to build a picture of what is happening and prioritise our work. We are particularly interested to hear where grey squirrels are being seen regularly over a period of time – from single squirrels visiting gardens through to larger numbers occupying areas of woodland or similar. Reports of grey squirrels spotted just once add to our knowledge of the ever-changing grey squirrel situation, and are of particular importance where grey numbers are very low - for example in the Rydal, Loughrigg, Elterwater area, or in areas where they are not normally seen. Please contact us if you would like to know more about what is happening in your area.

Photo by Peter Skillen
Sightings submission form

Electronic submission via this form simplifies our task of recording sightings, but if you prefer to telephone the details of your sightings, or have any questions, please call 07836 584201 or 01539 821714. If you find a dead red squirrel, then please telephone immediately.

To find a grid reference online
The UK Grid Reference Finder>> service allows you to find a grid reference by pinpointing the location of your sighting on a map with your cursor and then right clicking.  You might find the aerial view easier to work with once you have zoomed in. Right clicking produces a pin marking the spot you have selected. If you make an error you can try again - all the pins you create, and their grid references, are listed at the bottom of the map. Each pin also shows its grid reference if you hover over it with the cursor. Just copy your grid reference and paste it into the WRSS online form. UK Grid Reference Finder opens in another window, so just close to return to the WRSS site, or select the WRSS - Sightings tab from the menu bar.

The Ordnance Survey Get-a-map site is an alternative, but now requires you to sign in. The site will open in a separate window at: http://getamap.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/getamap/frames.htm

To find a grid reference from a map
If you prefer to use a map to find your grid reference but need a reminder about how to do it, the Ordnance Survey provides a guide to the National Grid>>