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Annandale Virtual Meeting – Feb 2021

Lockerbie, Lochmaben, Johnstonebridge, Annan, Ecclefechan, Gretna Red squirrels in your area are under threat and need your help! Join us for a talk and meeting about the local red squirrel situation, what you can do to help and the many ways you can get involved in active conservation. Meeting Tuesday 23rd February 2021 at 6.30pm For further details and a

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Posted 10th February 2021, by Annandale
 

Meeting – Annandale – January 2020

Our delightful native red squirrels are under threat from grey squirrels, through competition and disease. If you would like to learn more or help us to protect red squirrels, please join us at our open meeting on Monday 27th January 2020 at 7pm.

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Posted 20th January 2020, by Annandale
 

Red Squirrels Forum for South Scotland Annual Meeting 2019

The annual RSFSS meeting will take place on Saturday 26th October 10.00am till 4.00pm This event is completely free thanks to sponsorship by SSRS and open to everyone interested in red squirrel conservation. An excellent programme of talks and discussions, if you want to be brought right up to date on the science and practice of our campaign to save

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Posted 14th October 2019, by John Rae
 

Thermal Imager Walkabout

The Annandale red squirrel group are hosting a Thermal Imager Walkabout event at Eskrigg Nature Reserve. Everyone is welcome to come along, where we will be carrying out squirrel survey trials with the latest thermal imaging technology. The event is free and we will meet at the main building on Thursday 26th September 2019 at 9:30am. Please remember to dress

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Posted 24th September 2019, by Annandale
 

Open meeting – Annandale – September 2019

Our delightful native red squirrels are under threat from grey squirrels, through competition and disease. If you would like to learn more and help us to protect red squirrels, please join us for our open meeting on Monday 23rd September 7pm.

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Posted 17th September 2019, by Annandale
 

Kirkcudbright Group meeting 12.6.19

Wed 12th June at 6pm.          All Welcome Kirkcudbright Red Squirrel Group invites you to an open meeting on Wed 12th June at 6 pm at the Outdoor Classroom in the Barhill Woods. If you would like to find out more about the Red Squirrels in our area and what we can do to help conserve this

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Posted 7th June 2019, by Kirkcudbright
 

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
 

Moffat Red Squirrel Talk – April 2019

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels is looking to set up a new network of volunteers in Moffat and wider local area. Come along to find out more about red squirrel conservation in your area, how volunteer networks across Dumfries & Galloway are helping and what you can do to get more involved. Thursday 25th April 2019 at 7pm FREE For more

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Posted 26th March 2019, by Annandale
 

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
 

Red Squirrel Survey Training Day (9 February 2019)

Thanks to sponsorship by the Barons Craig Hotel and Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, and organisation by the Solway Forests Red Squirrel Network, around 50 people gathered for great day of instruction and discussion, both in and out of doors at Rockcliffe. The idea was to focus for once on our native reds, and better equip volunteers to carry out meaningful

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Posted 13th February 2019, by Peter G
 

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
 

Eaglesfield Village Talk

Learn more about the squirrels in our area and find out how you can help! Come along to our presentation at Eaglesfield Village Hall near Lockerbie, DG11 3PA on Thursday 13th September 7.30pm – 9.00pm Entry is free and guests of all backgrounds are encouraged. The talk will cover the ecology of squirrels, threats, the red/grey situation in our area,

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Posted 21st August 2018, by Annandale
 

Kirkcudbright Country Fair

Both Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse Red Squirrel groups will be taking a stand at the Kirkcudbright Country Fair. Please come along for a chat to find out what the groups are doing and who knows you might even be overcome with emotion and volunteer to help. Information about the Country Fair can be found at http://www.kirkcudbright.town/ or https://www.facebook.com/SummerFestivities/ Hope to see

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Posted 12th July 2018, by Kirkcudbright
 
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