Only around 121.000 red squirrels are left in scotland today
Without sustained action, the red squirrel could become extinct on mainland Scotland
Starting in April 2012, Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels is a two-year partnership project which aims to halt the decline of red squirrel populations in key areas of north Scotland and slow down or contain the spread of the deadly squirrelpox disease in South Scotland. It builds on the earlier three-year Phase 1 SSRS Project and Phase 4 of the RSSS project.
"When we first came to Cavers some 22 years ago there was a strong population of red squirrels but over the years
they completely disappeared. Last year - 2011 - saw the return of red squirrels to our estate, the first sighting for 19 years"
W P Allison, Scottish Borders
"The last 12 months have seen red squirrels return to areas where they have not been seen for a number of years"
Sian Williams, Ayrshire Squirrel Group
“For the first time in many years we are seeing young red squirrels on the farm”
Bryan J Bell, Farmer and B&B proprietor