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Gatehouse update (April 2019)

Our reds have been flat-lining at a high count on the chart since November, pre-empting the steady increases seen through the winter in 2017, and autumn/winter in 2017/18. The September lows in both previous years probably reflect the autumn peak in tree seed abundance: remember, we should assume that higher numbers in our gardens reflect a relative lack of wild

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Posted 22nd April 2019, by Gatehouse
 

Gatehouse update (March 2019)

Our reds are still keeping up their appearances! February’s 21 monthly survey households again returned averages of around 2 for the number seen at the same time and recognisable individuals. Familiar hotspots yielded 5 (Skyreburn) and 4 (Anwoth, Cally, Laurieston Road) at the same time, with 5 recognisable at three of these locations. Some whiter tails seem to be developing

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Posted 22nd April 2019, by Gatehouse
 

Gatehouse update (February 2019)

Our reds appeared in impressive numbers again in January. Reports from 23 venues gave totals of 45 seen at the same time and 48 recognisable individuals in all, so the averages remain high at around 2 for both measures. The January hotspots were at Cally (6 recognised), Anwoth and Skyreburn (5), and Laurieston Road (4). In late January several more

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Posted 23rd February 2019, by Gatehouse
 

Forum Chair change for 2019

Forum Board meeting: 31 January 2019 The Forum was founded in January 2018, with the intention of annually rotating the Chair amongst members of all the Squirrel Groups/Networks that it represents in South Scotland. In keeping with this plan, Peter Garson (Gatehouse Squirrel Group) has handed over the Chair to John Rae (Save Our Squirrels Berwick Group) for 2019. Others

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Posted 13th February 2019, by Peter G
 

Gatehouse update (January 2019)

The reds in 21 of our gardens in December held steady at around two at once and two recognisable. Below is the updated chart showing the whole of the last two years since we started doing this survey: thanks to all those who have contributed. It will be interesting to see if the rising pattern in the early months of

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Posted 5th February 2019, by Gatehouse
 

Gatehouse update (December 2018)

The reds in our gardens are up again in November! Twenty venues averaged 2.0 seen together (up from 1.7 in October) and 1.8 distinguishable (compared to 1.4). There were highs of five seen at the same time at Laurieston Road, Skyreburn and Cally Woods, with six individuals identifiable at Skyreburn and five at Anwoth. There should be mating chases in

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Posted 5th February 2019, by Gatehouse
 

Grey Squirrel contraception: latest news on research

A research project designed to provide a contraceptive vaccine and a safe delivery system for use on greys is making progress. This is surely a preferable technique through which to reduce the problems they cause for both reds and timber-producers. The vaccine works well, but having to give it via bait results in significant degradation in the gut and weakens

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Posted 22nd November 2018, by Peter G
 

Gatehouse update (November 2018)

The local reds are now behaving slightly differently to this time last year. Our counts of reds from 19 venues in October were highly variable, with highs of six (Laurieston Road) and four (Skyreburn) being seen simultaneously, and up to six being identifiable at the latter site. The rest of the spreadsheet is peppered with zeros, ones and twos as

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Posted 22nd November 2018, by Gatehouse
 

Successful SSRS and RSFSS website training session in Dumfries

A PC cluster teaching room on the Crighton Campus in Dumfries provided the venue on 9 November for key people from each of the seven Squirrel Groups/Networks in Dumfries and Galloway to learn more about how to use websites hosted by the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) project and our independent volunteers’  Forum. The common purpose of these sites is

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Posted 15th November 2018, by Peter G
 

First Annual Meeting of Forum held

The first Annual Meeting of the Forum was held on Saturday 27 October. An impressive 50 people attended, including representatives from our Squirrel Groups/Networks (and one in the making!), along with SSRS Spring Survey volunteers and SSRS Staff. People came from Ayr and Berwick, so we straddled the whole region as intended! Here is the programme notice detailing who made the

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Posted 14th November 2018, by Peter G
 

BARHILL COMMUNITY WOODS

After two and a half years of discussion with Forestry Commission Scotland, the work at the Barhill Community Woodland is complete. Thanks to grants from The Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership and Leader the main project is secured. Additional funding, for other parts of the project, has been secured from Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Stewartry Area Committee and The Galloway Association

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Posted 12th July 2018, by Kirkcudbright
 

Volunteer Opportunity – Grey Squirrel Control Officer

The Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project in conjunction with the Annandale Red Squirrel Group are looking for volunteers to help with their exciting red squirrel conservation project in the Annandale area. Availability: flexible, but ideally a minimum of four days per month. Tasks: liaising with volunteer trappers; trap placement, setting and maintenance; humane dispatch of grey squirrels; record keeping .

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Posted 20th June 2018, by Annandale
 
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