Genomes (the complete set of genetic information) of both red and grey squirrels are going to be sequenced for the first time. This means that scientists will have more understanding than ever before of how they grow and develop.
Good news stories
There have been some red squirrel good news stories in the media over the past couple of months. For the first time in decades red squirrels are being seen in Aberdeen; Denbighshire’s Clocaenog Forest has been recognised by the Welsh Government as providing safe haven for red squirrels; and there has been a successful reintroduction of red squirrels to north-west Scotland.
Do keep an eye out for the Red Squirrels United information boards that have now been installed across the stronghold areas that we are working in.
Are you volunteering or working on a red squirrel conservation project? Firstly, thank you! Secondly, do tell us about it. We have Facebook and Twitter pages that we want to flood with your stories. In addition, our YouTube page launched in September with our first Red Squirrels United video. If you have any video footage or would like to do some filming for us we’d love to hear from you.