Red Squirrels along the Colvend Coast need YOUR help!
|Iconic wee cutie on the feeders at Riverview Lodge, Kippford|
Whilst driving in the area please be on extra alert & look out for Red Squirrels crossing the roads. Especially along the A710, where you may be moving too fast to avoid them.
Information for the supplementary feeding Red squirrels
Here is a link to lots of useful information on feeding Red squirrels,
It is the most comprehensive information we have found on supplementary feeding of the species.
Red Squirrels: Supplementary feeding guidelines - courtesy of The Northern Ireland Squirrel Forum
however, conservationists stress the importance of NOT feeding them unless you are prepared to follow a few simple guidelines designed to protect the squirrels. Also
PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT PROVIDE A PEANUT ONLY DIET
... as a diet rich in peanuts may cause calcium deficiency, as will sweet, dried food such as raisins and sultanas.
We feed Carrots, Apples and Sunflower seeds along with a Cuttle Fish added during the breeding season for the lactating Mums.
This is a link to the Red Squirrels in South Scotland (RSSS) website.
Scottish Wildlife Trust is collecting information on the distribution of red and grey squirrels right across Scotland. To allow them not only to identify areas of importance where habitat management or grey squirrel control will benefit red squirrel populations, but also to understand natural changes in their populations. The data will be shared with local biological records centres and the national database of squirrel records. You can help by reporting your sightings of red or grey squirrels in each new place where you see them.
You can find more information on Red Squirrels on the following websites: