Raising awareness of the predicament facing red squirrels

A talk is being held in Belford next month to raise awareness of the plight of red squirrels.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 02 April, 2017, 07:34

Red Squirrels Need Your Help! is the title of the fund-raiser to be given by John Rae ,of the Save our Squirrels Berwick Group.

Northumberland is one of the last remaining areas in England that still has a viable population of red squirrels. In fact, the Kyloe/Detchant and Shiellow woods have been designated as ared squirrel reserve by Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Save our Squirrels Project.

These woods create a unique habitat, having a huge variety of tree species, and are special as one of the last refuges of the red squirrel in England.

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The Berwick group is key to raising awareness locally and encouraging local action to save the red squirrel. Its main aims to are to protect the Kyloe, Detchant and Shiellow red aquirrel reserve and all red squirrels in north Northumberland and southern Scotland; gather data; train people in squirrel surveying; and to work closely with cross-border squirrel conservation projects.

A spokesman said: “It is important that we as the local community do everything we can to protect the environment for the survival of this beautiful endangered animal.”

The talk is being held at Bell View Resource Centre, West Street, on Monday, April 24, at 6pm, with soft drinks and wine available. Entry is free although a donation towards the work of Bell View would be appreciated.