Save Our Squirrels group gives thanks for donations

Lowick Village Hall was packed last week for Berwick Save Our Squirrels Group's AGM.

Sunday, 3rd December 2017, 07:49 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th December 2017, 11:49 am
A red squirrel. Picture by Nicholas Box.

There are populations of red squirrels in north Northumberland, inluding the important reserve made up of Kyloe, Detchant, Shiellow and Kettleburn Woods.

However, red squirrels are under threat from larger, invasive grey squirrels that out-compete them for food and carry a deadly virus, to which they are immune.

Greys also have a negative economic impact by destroying broadleaf trees, stripping them of their bark and making them more vulnerable to disease and pests.

After the formal business, including the re-election of the committee, Hilary O’Shea and Nick Box reported on their activities during the year raising awareness at local shows and events, from the Heavy Horse Show to Belford Show.

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Chairman John Rae gave talks at the Bell View Resource Centre, Belford, and to the Berwick Probus Club.

The group has benefited from the generosity of several local businesses and groups, notably Bedmax, the Belford Community Group, Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes and A&J Scott. Lord James Joicey also gave a generous donation.

A group spokesman said: “We are grateful to everyone who has helped, since we are funded entirely by donations and all our members are volunteers who give freely of their time.”

A field camera costs around £130 and a 25kg sack of nuts to fill our monitoring feeders £140.

If you would like to know more or are interested in volunteering please visit www.berwickredsquirrelgroup.org or phone Heather on 07536076131.