Your red and grey squirrel sightings are a very important part of our conservation work.
***Owing to volunteer holidays, your red
sightings will not appear on our online red sightings map until after August 2nd. Sighting reports
will still be monitored during this period and any urgent action taken.***
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
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.