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A red squirrel sitting in the branches of a tree

The red squirrel has been in decline since American grey squirrels were introduced to the UK in the 19th Century. Experts say greys now out-number reds by 66 to 1, and it is vital that Britain’s native red squirrels are saved from extinction. Woodland areas in Cumbria, and other northern counties were chosen as red squirrel reserves, which are managed to support healthy populations of the creatures.

The North of England Red Squirrel Conservation Strategy has launched Red Squirrels Northern England(RSNE), which is a partnership made up of wildlife trusts, the Forestry Commission and landowners.

Three ways that you can help red squirrels are to submit any sightings, join your local red squirrel group and get out and enjoy them in the wild!

The sites in the web links section offer further information.